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Denmark: Plan to Rewrite Law on Visa Procedures

(Jan. 17, 2012) Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bødskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens of nations in the Schengen region to visit other countries in the region, including Denmark, the […]

Russia: Ministry of Finance Will Distribute Aid for Foreign Development

(Sept. 21, 2011) On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. The new agency will develop assistance programs, distribute Russia's official development assistance, and supervise projects aimed […]

Iceland: Banking Collapse Trial of Former Prime Minister Begins

(Sept. 6, 2011) On September 5, 2011, the trial of Geir Haarde, former Prime Minister of Iceland, opened in the Landsdomur, a 15-member special court established to try criminal cases involving Cabinet ministers. Haarde faces charges of intentional or gross negligence in failing to prevent the country’s 2008 financial crisis, in which the banking system […]

Taiwan: Law on Removal of Judges Adopted, But Dinosaur Judges Might Not Become Extinct

(July 6, 2011) On June 14, 2011, Taiwan’s legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but critics contend that the law is flawed and may harm judicial independence in Taiwan. (Judges Act […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Decision on Clean Record Law

(Nov. 4, 2010) After five votes in favor and five votes against, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF – Supremo Tribunal Federal) decided to follow the decision issued by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) and, on October 27, 2010, determined that the Clean Record Law (Lei da Ficha Limpa) is applicable to the […]

European Union: Establishment of the European External Action Service

(Aug. 16, 2010) On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing the Organisation and Functioning of the European External Action Service (2010/427/EU), 2010 OFFICIAL JOURNAL (L 201) […]

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 […]


(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 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 […]