Civil Liability of Judges (Apr. 09, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

Italy has approved new legislation on the civil liability of judges. (Law No. 18 of February 27, 2015, on Civil Liability of Magistrates, GAZETTA ...

Topic: Civil actions; Civil liability; Judges; Judicial review and appeals; Jurisdiction; State and local courts; Supreme court
Jurisdiction: Italy

Updated Legislation on International Military Cooperation (Mar. 26, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

On February 20, 2015, Italy's Parliament passed new legislation, Decree-Law No. 7, regulating the involvement of the Italian Armed Forces in international cooperative activities. (Decree-Law ...

Topic: Armed forces; Defense spending; International affairs; Military assistance; Militias and paramilitary groups; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Italy

Updated Legislation on Fight Against Terrorism (Mar. 24, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

On February 20, 2015, new legislation amending the Criminal Code with respect to fighting terrorism entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 7 of February ...

Topic:  Intelligence activities; Militias and paramilitary groups; National security; Terrorism; Weapons; Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Italy

Historic Constitutional Amendment in Progress (Mar. 03, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

On January 27, 2015, the Italian Chamber of Deputies reviewed for a second time a constitutional amendment proposal approved by the Italian Senate. The proposed ...

Topic: Constitution; Elections and politics; Legislative bodies; Organization of legislatures
Jurisdiction: Italy

Measures to Foster Banking System and Promote Investment (Feb. 10, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

Italy's cabinet has approved new measures, contained in Legislative Decree No. 3 (D.L. No. 3), aimed at bolstering the national economy, in particular the ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions; Business investment and capital; Consumer protection; Financial services; Investments; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Italy

Extension of Deadlines for Reorganization of Government Entities (Feb. 04, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

Italy has passed additional legislation, effective on December 31, 2014, aimed at promoting efficiency and eliminating government bureaucracy. (Legislative Decree No. 192 of December 31, ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Executive agencies; Government; Officials and employees; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Italy

Tax Simplification Legislation Passed (Jan. 13, 2015) by Dante Figueroa

Italy recently passed legislation on tax simplification and the expedited filing of tax returns; the new law became effective on December 13, 2014. (Legislative ...

Topic: Tax administration and collection; Taxation; Value-added tax
Jurisdiction: Italy

Implementation of EU Legislation on Orphan Works (Dec. 16, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Italy recently amended its Copyright Law to address the issue of orphan works. On November 25, 2014, Legislative Decree No. 163 of November 10, 2014, Implementation ...

Topic: Copyright; Orphan works
Jurisdiction: Italy

Measures to Reactivate the Economy, Promote Development, and Reduce Bureaucracy (Nov. 19, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent ...

Topic: Aviation and airports; Budget; Economic development; Government lending and loan guarantees; Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Italy

Prospective Legislation on the Election and Change of Names (Oct. 06, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

The Italian Parliament is considering a bill that would amend the existing rules regarding the election of first and last names by Italian citizens. The current ...

Topic: Children's rights
Jurisdiction: Italy

Measures to Decrease Backlogs in Civil Proceedings (Oct. 03, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Recently adopted legislation in Italy seeks to clear the country's considerable backlog of civil cases through a series of measures in the areas of attorney-client relationships, ...

Topic: Administrative remedies; Civil actions; Families ; Judges; Jurisdiction and venue; State and local courts
Jurisdiction: Italy

Abolition of Crime of "Illegal Immigration" and the Mare Nostrum Policy (Sep. 24, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

In recent years, Italy has dealt with increased illegal immigration coming through its southern border through legislation and policy measures. One important piece of legislation this ...

Topic: Administrative remedies; Boundaries; Crime and law enforcement; Human rights; Immigration
Jurisdiction: Italy

Right to Information of Persons Subject to Imprisonment (Aug. 14, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Italy's Legislative Decree No. 101 of 2014, which enters into effect on August 16, 2014, implements European Union Directive 2012/13/UE concerning the right to information of ...

Topic: Correctional facilities and imprisonment; Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Italy

Compensation for Mistreated Inmates and Other Provisions on Prison Administration (Aug. 12, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Italy's Decree Law No. 92, of June 26, 2014, amends several legislative instruments with the purposes of guaranteeing the rights of persons currently held in Italian ...

Topic: Correctional facilities and imprisonment; Crime and law enforcement; Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Italy

Measures to Enhance Protection of Cultural Patrimony (Aug. 12, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Decree-Law No. 83 of 2014, which entered into effect on July 31, 2014, establishes urgent tax, financial, and administrative measures aimed at the protection and promotion ...

Topic: Cultural heritage; Income tax; Tourism
Jurisdiction: Italy

Recent Developments on Bitcoin (Jun. 12, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

On May 2, 2014, the Central Bank of Italy released its Biannual Report, which included a statement advising Italians against buying, investing in, or using Bitcoin ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions; Currency; Internet
Jurisdiction: Italy

Constitutional Decision Upholding Decriminalization of Soft Drugs (Jun. 09, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

On May 29, 2014, the Criminal Chamber of Italy's Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione), upheld a Constitutional Court decision on the reduction of penalties for ...

Topic: Constitution; Controlled substances; Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Italy

Overhaul of Criminal Penalties (May. 28, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

The Italian Parliament recently adopted Law 67 of April 28, 2014, regulating criminal penalties not involving imprisonment and containing measures on prison reform. (Legge 28 ...

Topic: Correctional facilities and imprisonment; Crime and law enforcement; Criminal code; Sentencing
Jurisdiction: Italy

Law Reordering the Territorial Organization of the Country (May. 14, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Italy's Law 56 of April 7, 2014 (hereinafter Law 56) contains provisions on metropolitan cities, provinces, and the union and merger of municipalities. (Legge ...

Topic: State and local finance; State and local government
Jurisdiction: Italy

Legislation on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Found Partially Unconstitutional (Mar. 27, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

On February 12, 2014, the ConstitutionaI Court of the ItaIian RepubIic (Corte CostituzionaIe deIIa ReppubIica ItaIiana, UItimo Deposito deIIe Pronunce (Mar. 14, 2014), ConstitutionaI Court ...

Topic: Controlled substances; Crime and law enforcement; Constitution
Jurisdiction: Italy

Legislation on Public Financing for Political Parties (Mar. 11, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Italy

New Measures to Respond to Environmental Emergencies (Feb. 14, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Italy's Senate adopted a decree on "Urgent Measures Designed to Tackle Environmental and Industrial Emergencies and to Facilitate the Development of the Concerned Areas," on February ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Emergency management; Environmental mitigation; Organized crime
Jurisdiction: Italy

Implementation of Law Amending Status of Natural Children (Jan. 30, 2014) by Dante Figueroa

Legislative Decree 154 of December 28, 2013 (hereinafter L.D. 154)is scheduled to enter into effect on February 7, 2014, and amends several provisions of the ...

Topic: Families ; Legitimation; Paternity
Jurisdiction: Italy

Urgent Measures Concerning Education, Higher Education, and Research (Nov. 29, 2013) by Dante Figueroa

Italy adopted a Decree-Law in September 2013 containing emergency measures designed to bolster classroom instruction, higher education, and research activities throughout the country. (Decreto-Legge 12 ...

Topic: Education; Education funding; Health promotion and preventive care; Higher education; School administration
Jurisdiction: Italy

Tax Incentives and Other Measures to Tackle Youth Unemployment (Sep. 09, 2013) by Dante Figueroa

Italy adopted a Decree-Law in June 2013, which was amended in August 2013, that is designed to promote youth employment in the country. (DECRETO-LEGGE, 28 ...

Topic: Children; Labor; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Italy

Recognition of Natural Children (Jul. 01, 2013) by Dante Figueroa

Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Italy

Draft Legislation to Eliminate Public Financing for Political Parties (Jun. 07, 2013) by Dante Figueroa

On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Italy

Laws Create a New Legal Framework for the Promotion of Economic Development (Sep. 07, 2011) by Dante Figueroa

Honduras passed a legislative package during 2010 aimed at boosting the economic development of the country. This package is composed of three major laws. The first ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Honduras

Recognition of Aboriginal Languages (Sep. 01, 2010) by Dante Figueroa

On January 25, 2010, Colombia adopted Law 1381, which develops and regulates certain provisions of the Political Constitution and of Law 21 of 1991, which had ...

Topic: Languages
Jurisdiction: Colombia

Individual Insolvency Law (Sep. 01, 2010) by Dante Figueroa

Colombia's Law 1380 of January 25, 2010, establishes the insolvency regimen for natural persons (with the exception of merchants). This new insolvency regime allows debtors who ...

Topic: Bankruptcy
Jurisdiction: Colombia

Supreme Court of Justice Decision Disallows Additional Severance Payments for Teachers in Private Sector (Jul. 30, 2010) by Dante Figueroa

Chile's Labor Code was amended on March 29, 2008, to include provisions establishing that final trial decisions in labor cases may be challenged exclusively by the ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Chile

Integration Treaty Enters into Force (Feb. 18, 2010) by Dante Figueroa

The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Argentina; Chile

New Law Creates Ministry for the Environment, Other Environmental Agencies (Feb. 17, 2010) by Dante Figueroa

Chile has enacted a new law that creates the Ministry of the Environment, the Environmental Evaluation Service, and the Superintendency for the Environment. It also contains ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Chile

Supreme Court Decision Permitting President, Others to Seek Reelection (Dec. 18, 2009) by Dante Figueroa

On October 19, 2009, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Nicaragua issued a decision that effectively permits the President, Vice-President, mayors, and vice-mayors to ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Nicaragua

New Law Creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System (Sep. 25, 2009) by Dante Figueroa

Chile has adopted a new law that creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System (IASPS) and recognizes the existence of the Integral Infants' Protection Sub-System (IFPSS), "Chile ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Chile

Consolidation of Administrative Powers in Executive Branch (Jul. 27, 2009) by Dante Figueroa

A new law issued on March 17, 2009, amends Venezuela's Organic Law on the Decentralization, Delimitation, and Transference of Competencies of the Public Power that was ...

Topic: Executive power
Jurisdiction: Venezuela

Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information Adopted (Dec. 12, 2008) by Dante Figueroa

Chile's new Law on the Transparency of Public Functions and Access to Information on Public Administration establishes that all information prepared using taxpayer money and all ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Chile

Second Circuit Denies Application of Hague Convention on Child Abduction to Chilean Claimant (Oct. 02, 2008) by Dante Figueroa

On July 18, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a final judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Southern ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: Chile; United States

Bill Amending the Organic Law of the Environment (Jul. 02, 2008) by Dante Figueroa

On June 5, 2008, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill amending the Organic Law of the Environment (Law 19,300 of 1994). The bill creates ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Chile

Regulations of the Law Establishing a Criminal Responsibility System for Juvenile Delinquents (Nov. 02, 2007) by Dante Figueroa

On 13 December 2006, the President of Chile issued Supreme Decree 1,378 approving the Regulations of Law 20,084 of 2005, which establishes a Criminal Responsibility System ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Chile