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Japan: Government Employees Permitted Leave to Accompany Spouses Abroad

(Dec. 24, 2013) At the end of November 2013, the Diet (Japan’s parliament) adopted acts that enable public servants to take leave without pay for up to three years when they reside abroad in order to live with their spouses who are sent overseas by their employers. The government employer can hire a temporary employee […]

Kenya: Controversial Legislation on the Media Under Consideration

(Dec. 6, 2013) Two controversial bills with similar provisions on the control of the media are at different stages in the legislative process in Kenya. The Kenya Information and Communications Amendment (KICA) has been passed by the legislature but not yet approved by the President. (Ally Jamah, Media Stakeholders in Kenya Seek Amendments to Proposed […]

New Zealand: New Deed of Understanding Allows for Reduction in Mail Delivery Services

(Oct. 25, 2013) On October 23, 2013, it was announced that the New Zealand government had agreed to a new Deed of Understanding with New Zealand Post that will allow for mail delivery frequency to be reduced from a current minimum of six days per week to a minimum of three days for the majority […]

China: City of Beijing Requires Certificate of No Criminal Record for Foreigner Workers

(Aug. 20, 2013) On May 30, 2013, Beijing municipal employment authorities gave notice of a new requirement, effective as of July 1, for foreigners seeking work permits in Beijing. The foreign applicants must provide a Certificate of No Criminal Record (Wu Fanzui Jilu Zhengming Shu, also called a Liangmin Zheng) when submitting documentation for employment […]

Indonesia: Bureaucracy Reform in Process

(Apr. 23, 2013) Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in his second term, has given priority to reforming the country’s administrative bureaucracy, under the broad umbrella of the Grand Design of Bureaucratic Reform 2010-2025. (Presidential Regulation No. 81, 2010, Grand Design Reformasi Birokrasi 2010-2025 [in Indonesian], Ministry of Law and Human Rights website.) Recently the Deputy […]

Israel: Pilot Program for Biometric Identification

(Dec. 3, 2012) On November 28, 2012, the Joint Committee on Science and Technology, Internal Affairs and Environment along with the Constitution Law and Justice Committee (hereinafter the Joint Committee) of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) approved a decree authorizing the launching of a pilot program to evaluate “the practicality of enforcement of the Biometric Law, […]

Indonesia: New Province, Autonomous Regions Planned

(Oct. 24, 2012) Indonesia’s Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (House of Representatives) has agreed to a plan to form a new province, North Kalimantan. The new province will bring to 34 the total number of provinces in the country. North Kalimantan will comprise Tarakan, Nunukan, Malinau, Bulungan, and Tanah Tidung, five districts that are currently part of […]

Indonesia: Government Reform Proposed

(June 14, 2012) The Indonesian government has recently proposed three bills on administrative reform; they are now being discussed in the legislature. The bills cover the organization of the state apparatus, the civil service, and a government code of ethics. (Ridwan M. Sijabat, Government Makes Last Ditch Effort at Reform, THE JAKARTA POST (June 8, […]

Netherlands: Draft General Administrative Law Act Amendment Would Change State Liability for Damages to Individuals

(Mar. 14, 2012) The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament is now considering a draft amendment to the General Administrative Law Act that would change provisions on the liability of the state when unlawful acts by the state cause damage to individuals. (Algemene wet bestuursrecht (June 4, 1992), WETBOEK-ONLINE; Ministry of Justice, General Administrative Law […]

United Kingdom: Serious Organised Crime Agency Entitled to Civil Recovery of Money Laundering Proceeds

(Jan. 11, 2012) The High Court of England and Wales recently ruled that the civil recovery process used by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to take possession of property obtained from the proceeds or profits of money laundering or drug dealing is lawful, even if there has been no criminal conviction in the case. The […]