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United Kingdom: Space Industry Bill Rocketing Through Parliament

(Jan. 2, 2018) The Space Industry Bill recently had its third reading in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords and the government is hoping that it will be enacted in early 2018. (Space Industry Bill 2017-19, HC Bill 137, PARLIAMENT.UK.) While the bill has been the subject of puns, jokes, and references to science fiction during […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Japan: Chemical Substances Control Law Amended

(Sept. 6, 2017) Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL) aims to prevent environmental pollution caused by chemical substances that pose a risk to human health and interfere with the habitat and healthy development of flora and fauna.  (Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture etc., Act No. 117 of 1973, […]

Luxembourg: Law on Use of Resources in Space Adopted

(Aug. 22, 2017) The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies adopted a law on the exploration of space and the use of space resources on July 13, 2017; the Grand Duke signed the law on July 20, 2017. (Loi du 20 juillet 2017 sur l’exploration et l’utilisation des ressources de l’espace [Law of 20 July 2017 on the […]

Netherlands: Draft Law on New International Commercial Court

(Aug. 11, 2017) On July 18, 2017, Stef Blok, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) on the establishment of a new commercial court that would have the authority to render judgments in English on complex international trade disputes involving the Netherlands. (Legislative […]

Japan: Law on Renting Rooms in Private Homes to Tourists

(June 16, 2017) On June 8, 2017, the Diet (Japan’s parliament) passed a bill that allows people to rent out rooms of their homes to tourists for profit.  The new law, the Home-Sharing Business Act, was promulgated on June 16, 2017.  (Home Sharing Business Act, Act No. 65 of 2017, KANPO [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], Extra Ed., […]

New Zealand: Ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Completed

(May 23, 2017) On May 11, 2017, the New Zealand government completed the formal process for ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, becoming the second signatory country, after Japan, to do so. (Press Release, Todd McClay, McClay Says TPP Ratification Keeps Options Open, BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ (May 11, 2017).) The notification of the completion of New Zealand’s applicable […]

United States: Conventions Proposed by U.N. Commission on International Trade Law Submitted to Senate for Ratification

(Feb. 14, 2017) On November 16, 2016, the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law held its annual meeting to discuss ongoing work involving the negotiation and drafting of instruments governing private cross-border transactions. The Committee announced that it had sent transmittal letters for each of several treaty documents to the Senate in […]

Armenia: Relocation of Legal Entities Introduced

(Feb. 2, 2017) On December 17, 2016, legislative amendments on re-domiciliation of foreign companies to Armenia came into effect. (Law No. 207-N of Nov. 17, 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE, No. 88 (Dec. 7, 2016), Armenian Legal Information System (ARLIS) database (in Armenian).) The amendments affected both the Civil Code and the Law on Registration of Legal […]