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Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran’s Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]

Germany: Federal Administrative Court Allows Cities to Ban Diesel-Fueled Vehicles to Reduce Air Pollution

(Mar. 28, 2018) On February 27, 2018, Germany’s highest administrative court, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, BVerwG), held in two not-yet-published decisions that older and more-polluting diesel-run vehicles could be banned from predefined zones in the cities and metropolitan areas that are the worst affected by nitrogen dioxide (NO2)-polluted air. The Federal Administrative Court thereby […]

Germany: Islamic Umbrella Organizations Ruled Ineligible to Teach Religious Classes in Public Schools in North Rhine-Westphalia

(Feb. 27, 2018) In a decision published on January 10, 2018, the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (OVG NRW), the highest state court in administrative law matters, held that the petitioners, two Islamic religious umbrella organizations, were not entitled to introduce Islamic religious classes in public schools as a permanent part of the school […]

Saudi Arabia: Bankruptcy Bill Expected to Be Implemented in 2018

(Nov. 2, 2017) On September 21, 2017, the Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid al-Qasabi, announced that the Ministry had referred to the Shura Council (a 150-member legislative advisory body to the King that proposes new legislation and amends existing laws) a bill governing the bankruptcy of corporations. The bill is expected to be […]

Italy: Code to Regulate Nongovernmental Organizations

(Oct. 4, 2017) On August 3, 2017, the new Code of the Third Sector entered into effect in Italy.  The new Code is part of a broader reform of the “third sector” that includes The “third sector” comprises organizations — such as associations, volunteer organizations, and philanthropic foundations – formed to pursue the common good, in order to reach […]

Germany: Nonprofits May Engage in Non-Partisan Politics Without Losing Tax-Exempt Status

(Sept. 8, 2017) In a decision published on August 9, 2017, the German Federal Financial Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) held that nonprofit corporations may engage in non-partisan politics without losing their tax-exempt status. (Bundesfinanzhof [BFH] [Federal Financial Court], docket no. X R 13/15 (Aug. 9, 2017), BFH website in German).) The Court stated that a nonprofit corporation […]

Indonesia: Radical Groups May Now Be Banned Without Court Decision

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a decree that makes it possible to ban radical organizations without a court procedure. The measure was announced publicly on July 12 by Wiranto, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security, and Law.  (Stephen Wright, Indonesia’s President Signs Decree to Ban Radical Groups, JOURNAL […]

Egypt: President Ratifies NGO Law

(June 9, 2017) On May 24, 2017, President Abdul Al-Fatah Al-Sisi of Egypt signed Law No. 70 of 2017, on non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  (Law No. 70 of 2017, 20 AL-JARIDDAH AL RASMYAH (duplicate) (May 24, 2017) (in Arabic).)  This Law repeals Law No. 84 of 2002.  (Sisi Passes a Law Organizing the Work of NGOs, […]

Jamaica: Amended Companies Law Requires Transparency

(May 30, 2017) On May 17, 2017, the Jamaican House of Representatives reportedly passed the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017. (An Act to Amend the Companies Law (Amendment Act), 2017, Jamaica House of Parliament website; Companies Act, Act 10 of 2004 (the Act), Organization of American States website; see also Increased Transparency Provisions in Amended Companies […]