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European Union; Iceland: Opening of Accession Negotiations

(June 18, 2010) Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June 14, 2010, that Iceland meets the political criteria for EU membership set by the European Council […]

Nigeria: NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS Back in Print

(May 20, 2010) It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, available at http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-monthly-law-reports-repackaged-/2010/05/18/4794303.htm.) According to Mobolaji Kuti, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Editor, NMLR will […]

Uganda: The National Youth Council Act Amended

(May 11, 2010) On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws Compulsory Membership to Village Youth Councils, THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA, May 6, 2010, […]

European Union: Reorganization of Intelligence Service

(Mar. 2, 2010) Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in third countries and international organizations. A central facet of the proposed reorganization of EAS is the […]

Philippines: Executive Order Creates a Committee to Strengthen Church and State Relations

(Jan. 27, 2010) On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) “Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order and Human Rights” was issued. (EO No. 847, Office of the Press Secretary Online, Nov. 23, […]

Uganda: Regional Government Bill Proposed

(Dec. 22, 2009) On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS CONNECTION, No. 200912141477.1_286301003d6b0963.) The draft law is based on article 178 of Uganda's Constitution, permitting “two […]

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Social Security Contributions Law

(Dec. 7, 2009) On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the country's official gazette. The Law itself was published on July 6, 2009, and is applicable after […]

European Union: Albania’s Progress on Candidacy for Membership

(Nov. 20, 2009) In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate country. The next step in the process of Albania achieving candidate status lies with the European […]

Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities

(Nov. 17, 2009) On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would control the research, development, production, and use of nuclear and space technologies. It would also be […]

Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities

(Nov. 17, 2009) According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would control the research, development, […]