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Russia: New Rules for Sports Fans Introduced

(Feb. 11, 2014) On January 20, 2014, a government regulation entitled On Rules for Spectators’ Behavior at Official Sports Events entered into force. (Government Regulation No. 1156 of December 16, 2013 [in Russian] [hereinafter Regulation], ROSSIISKAIA GAZETA (Dec. 19, 2013).) The Regulation appears to be a response to increased violence and intolerance recently demonstrated by […]

Taiwan: Law on Food Safety Amended

(Feb. 6, 2014) On January 28, 2014, Taiwan’s legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), “[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan’s legal framework for food sanitation management, while promoting consumer protection and protecting public health.” (ROC Legislature OKs Food Act […]

Austria: Administrative Courts Reformed

(Jan. 6, 2014) On January 1, 2014, a major reform of the Austrian system of administrative justice went into effect. It is based on the Administrative Justice Reform Act of 2012 (Verwaltungsgerichtsbarkeit-Novelle 2012, BUNDESGESETZBLATT I 2012/51), and on numerous implementation laws and regulations of the Federation and the Austrian states (Länder). It also involved a […]

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 […]