Energy, Mineral Resources MOU Signed (Sep. 25, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

The Office of the Prime Minister of Portugal issued a statement announcing that on September 19, 2014, the country signed a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia ...

Topic: Energy; Mineral resources and mines; Treaties and International Agreements
Jurisdiction: Indonesia; Portugal

Signature of Protocol on Sustainable Energy (Sep. 25, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

Portugal and Cape Verde signed a protocol in the area of sustainable energy on September 23, 2014, during the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in ...

Topic: Climate change; Energy; Energy assistance; Foreign investments; Treaties and International Agreements
Jurisdiction: Cape Verde; Portugal

Schools Required to Show Films Produced in the Country (Jul. 03, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

A Law published on June 27, 2014, makes it mandatory for public and private schools to exhibit, for at least two hours a month, movies produced ...

Topic: Education; Television and Film
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Penal Code Amended (Jul. 03, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On June 27, 2014, Brazil published Law No. 13,008, which increases the punishment for smuggling. The new Law amends the Penal Code (Codigo Penal ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Smuggling
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Air Force Authorized to Destroy Hostile Aircraft (Jun. 23, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

A Decree published on June 12, 2014, gives the commander of the Brazilian Air Force the power to authorize the destruction of any aircraft considered hostile ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security; Aviation and airports; National security
Jurisdiction: Brazil

No Violent Fans for the World Cup (Jun. 23, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On June 10, 2014, the Ministry of Justice published Administrative Act No. 933, which provides that entrance into the country is to be denied during Brazil's ...

Topic: Border security; Immigration; Sports and recreation
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Blacks Will Have 20% of Available Executive Branch Positions (Jun. 18, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

According to article 1 of Law No. 12,990, sanctioned by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef on June 9, 2014, blacks are to be guaranteed 20% of the ...

Topic: Minority employment; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Punishes Parents for Spanking Children and Adolescents (Jun. 17, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On June 4, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a draft law that would punish families who use physical violence to educate their children. The legislation ...

Topic: Child abuse; Child welfare
Jurisdiction: Brazil

People with HIV/AIDS Protected Against Discrimination (Jun. 09, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On June 2, 2014, Brazil promulgated Law No. 12,984 (Lei No. 12.984, de 2 de Junho de 2014, PLANALTO), which criminalizes discrimination against people who ...

Topic: Discrimination; HIV/AIDS
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Constitutional Amendment Approved (Jun. 09, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On May 27, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment that was first put forward in 1999. The amendment modifies article ...

Topic: Constitution; Drug trafficking; Labor
Jurisdiction: Brazil

National Education Plan Approved (Jun. 09, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On June 3, 2014, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies voted on and approved a National Education Plan, which will gradually increase the amount of resources invested ...

Topic: Education; Education funding
Jurisdiction: Brazil

No Pedophiles Allowed in Brazil (May. 30, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On May 22, 2014, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Eduardo Cardozo, and the Minister of the Human Rights Secretariat, Ideli Salvatti, signed an Inter-Ministerial Act prohibiting ...

Topic: Child abuse; Crimes against children; Sex offenses
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law on Travel Agencies Partially Vetoed (May. 28, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef vetoed one-half of the articles of Law No. 12,974 of May 15, 2014, which regulates the activites perfomed by travel agencies. (

Topic: Consumer protection; Executive powers; Tourism
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Dismantling of Cars Regulated (May. 28, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On May 20, 2104, Brazil promulgated Law No. 12,977, which regulates the dismantling of motor vehicles in the country that are subject to the Brazilian Traffic ...

Topic: Motor vehicles; Waste management
Jurisdiction: Brazil

National Council of Justice Launches Campaign for the Rational Use of Resources (May. 23, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On May 13, 2014, Brazil's National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiandccedil;a, CNJ) launched a campaign to encourage the rational use of resources by the ...

Topic: Energy; Environmental protection; Judiciary; Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Pre-Paid Electricity Regulated (May. 21, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Agency of Electric Energy (Agencia Nacional de Energia El;trica, ANEEL) published Resolution No. 610 in the country's Official Gazette of May 13, 2014, to ...

Topic: Energy; Energy revenues and royalties
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Sexual Exploitation of Children Now a Heinous Crime (May. 21, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

Legislation approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on May 14, 2014, makes sexual exploitation of children and adolescents a heinous crime. The legislation will be ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Crimes against children; Sex offenses
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Foreigners Statute Amended (May. 09, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

Brazil's Law No. 12,968 of May 7, 2014 (Lei No. 12.968, de 7 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO) amended articles 9, 10 and 56 of ...

Topic: Internet; Visas and passports
Jurisdiction: Brazil

State Offers Reward for Information that Helps Solve Crimes (May. 09, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On May 6, 2014, the Brazilian state of Sandatilde;o Paulo launched a State Reward Program (Programa Estadual de Recompensa) designed to offer up to R$50,000 (about ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Justice Tribunal of the State of Rio de Janeiro Implements New Means to Access Legal Materials (May. 02, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

The Justice Tribunal of the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro has implemented a new means to access the laws used during the sessions of the ...

Topic: Information technology; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Justice Tribunal of Rio de Janeiro Calls For an Institutional Pact to Reduce Litigation (May. 02, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

In an effort to reduce repetitive litigation, the Justice Tribunal of the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro invited the 30 Brazilian companies that have been ...

Topic: Consumer protection; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Internet Rules (Apr. 29, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On April 24, 2014, Brazil published Law No. 12,965, which establishes principles, guarantees, rights, and obligations for the use of the Internet in the country. (

Topic: Data protection; Internet; Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Resolution Bans Advertising to Children Under Age 12 (Apr. 22, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

Brazil's National Council of the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent (Conselho Nacional dos Direitos da Crianandccedil;a e do Adolescente, or CONANDA) issued Resolution No. ...

Topic: Children's rights; Communications; Marketing and advertising
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Environmental Policy (Apr. 16, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On April 14, 2014, the Government of Portugal published Law No. 19, which defines the basis for the country's environmental policy pursuant to the terms of ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Portugal

International Adoption (Mar. 28, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On March 24, 2014, Brazil's National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiandccedil;a, CNJ) approved an amendment to Resolution No. 54 of April 29, 2008, that ...

Topic: Adoption and foster care; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering Law (Feb. 28, 2014) by Eduardo Soares

On February 10, 2014, Angola's National Assembly (the parliament) enacted Law No. 3, which further criminalizes money laundering offenses related to the financing of terrorism (

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking; Money laundering; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Angola

More Medical Doctors Program Launched (Oct. 30, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On October 22, 2013, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 12,871 (Lei No. 12.871, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which creates the ...

Topic: Health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

National Contingency Plan for Oil Pollution Incidents (Oct. 30, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On October 22, 2013, Brazil enacted Decree No. 8,127 (Decreto No. 8.127, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which launches a National Contingency Plan ...

Topic: Environmental protection; Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Berne Convention Ratified (Sep. 03, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On August 22, 2013, Mozambique ratified the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, initially adopted in September 1886, which forms the basis ...

Topic: Human rights; Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Mozambique

New Law Defines "Criminal Organization" and Provides for Investigatory and Other Procedures (Aug. 12, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On August 2, 2013, Brazil enacted Law No. 12,850 (Lei No. 12.850, de 2 de Agosto de 2013>, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which defines "criminal organization" and ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Youth Statute Enacted (Aug. 08, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On August 5, 2013, Brazil's Parliament enacted the Youth Statute (Estatuto da Juventude) through Law No. 12,852 (Lei No. 12.852, de 5 de Agosto de ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Resolution Allowing Use of In Vitro Fertilization by Gay Couples and Single Persons Published (May. 13, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On May 9, 2013, Resolution No. 213, issued by the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina CFM) on April 16, 2013, was ...

Topic: Health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New WTO General Director Is a Brazilian Diplomat (May. 08, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

For the first time, a Latin-American citizen will lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). Roberto Azevedo, a Brazilian diplomat, was selected to be the Director-General of ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Brazil; World Trade Organization

Agreement to Skip Visas (May. 03, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

Brazil and Mexico recently signed a new agreement to mutually end the use of visas. The agreement enters into force on May 16, 2013. Pursuant to ...

Topic: Visas and passports
Jurisdiction: Brazil; Mexico

No More Visa Cap for Haitian Citizens (May. 03, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On April 29, 2013, the Brazilian National Council of Immigration (Conselho Nacional de Imigraandccedil;andatilde;oandmdash;CNIg), published Normative Resolution No. 102 (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o Normativa No. 102, de ...

Topic: Visas and passports
Jurisdiction: Brazil

No More Initials on Supreme Court Criminal Cases (Apr. 18, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On April 10, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided during an administrative session that the criminal cases under analysis in the Court and future criminal ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Mandatory Pre-School Enrollment for Four-Year-Old Children (Apr. 18, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

A federal law approved on April 4, 2013 (Lei No. 12.796, de 4 de Abril de 2013>, PLANALTO.GOV.BR) amends Law No. 9,394 of December ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Constitutional Amendment Creates Four New Federal Regional Tribunals (Apr. 09, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On April 3, 2013, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on its second reading, a constitutional amendment that creates four additional Federal Regional Tribunals (Tribunais Regionais ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Bloc Creates Development Bank (Mar. 29, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On March 26, 2013,the BRICS bloc announced that its members had reached an agreement to create a development bank to finance infrastructure projects. The announcement was ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Labor Rights of Household Workers (Mar. 27, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On March 26, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Senate unanimously approved, on a second and final round, a constitutional amendment that extends to household workers the same ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Congress Rejects Presidential Vetoes to Petroleum Royalties Law (Mar. 11, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On March 7, 2013, the Brazilian Congress rejected the vetoes by President Dilma Roussef on November 30, 2012, of parts of a law that redefined the ...

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Naturalization Annulment Requires a Judicial Procedure (Feb. 20, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On February 7, 2013, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided that an alien's naturalization as a Brazilian citizen can only be annulled through a judicial procedure ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Zero Tolerance of Drunk Driving (Jan. 31, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On January 29, 2013, a Resolution (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o CONTRAN No. 432 de 23 de Janeiro de 2013, DENATRAN (Brazilian Department of Transportation website)) issued by the ...

Topic: Driving while intoxicated
Jurisdiction: Brazil

President Vetoes Amendment to Disarmament Statute (Jan. 11, 2013) by Eduardo Soares

On January 10, 2013, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef vetoed a bill (Mensagem de Veto No. 002, de 9 de Janeiro de 2013, PLANALTO.GOV.BR) that amended ...

Topic: Firearms and explosives
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Requires Listing of Taxes on Receipts (Dec. 28, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

According to Law No. 12,741, promulgated by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef on December 8, 2012 (Lei No. 12.741, de 8 de Dezembro de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR), ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Amends Penal Code to Criminalize Electronic Offenses (Dec. 11, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On November 30, 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef promulgated two new laws that amend the Penal Code and establish Internet and electronic crimes and their punishments. ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Petroleum Royalties Law Promulgated (Dec. 10, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On November 30, 2012, a new law defining the distribution of petroleum royalties to states, the Federal District, and municipalities was promulgated in

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Minister Appointed to Federal Supreme Court (Nov. 08, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On November 1, 2012, Teori Zavascki was appointed as a new Minister of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. Zavascki is taking over the position left open ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Quota Law Reserves 50% of the Places at Federal Universities for Public School Students (Sep. 07, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On August 29, 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 12,711 (Lei No. 12.711, de 29 de Agosto de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which reserves 50% ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Judges and Prosecutors More Protected (Aug. 03, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

Almost one year after a criminal judge was brutally murdered in Rio de Janeiro by a criminal organization, some of whose members were being prosecuted, Brazilian ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Venezuela Joins Trade Bloc (Aug. 03, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On July 4, 2006, Venezuela signed the adhesion protocol to Mercosur, which established a four-year term for full incorporation into the economic bloc. (Mercosul, Venezuela ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Mercosur; Venezuela

New Law Strengthens Fight Against Money Laundering (Jul. 16, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On July 9, 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef sanctioned Law No. 12,683 (Lei No. 12.683, de 9 de Julho de 2012, PLANALTO ), which amends ...

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Search Engines Not Responsible for Internet Content (Jul. 13, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On June 27, 2012, the Brazilian Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) decided that search engines are not responsible for content available ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Creates DNA Database to Help Resolve Violent Crimes (Jun. 05, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On May 29, 2012, Brazil promulgated Law No. 12,654 of May 28, 2012, which creates a national DNA database designed to help resolve violent crimes. The ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Criminalizes Collateral Security for Emergency Medical Care (Jun. 05, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

12 Articles of New Forestry Code Vetoed by the Government (Jun. 04, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On May 25, 2012, the Brazilian government vetoed 12 articles of the new Forestry Code, Law No. 12,651 of May 25, 2012 (Lei No. 12.651, ...

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Father Sentenced to Pay Compensation to Daughter for Abandonment (May. 07, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On May 2, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Justice (Superior Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a STJ) sentenced a father to pay R$200,000 (about ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

The Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice Have a New President (Apr. 24, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On April 19, 2012, Minister Ayres Britto was inaugurated as the new President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, with Minister Joaquim Barbosa as the Vice-President. ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Criminalization of Some Abortions Ruled Unconstitutional (Apr. 19, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On April 12, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, or STF), by a majority vote, ruled unconstitutional the interpretation of articles 124, 126, ...

Topic: Abortion
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Launches Central Database (Apr. 19, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On April 13, 2012, the President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Elects New President (Mar. 16, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

Brazil Federal Supreme Court Elects New President

As of April 19, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the National Council of Justice will ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Provisional Measures Must Follow Procedure Established in the Constitution (Mar. 14, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On March 8, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled that from now on, analysis and approval of provisional measures by the National Congress must follow ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Confirms Powers of National Council of Justice (Feb. 13, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On February 8, 2012, in a very close, six-to-five decision, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided to keep the rules currently in force that standardize the ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Immigration Policy Needed (Jan. 20, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

During a meeting on January 13, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim, stated that Brazil needs to rethink its immigration ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Judiciary Under Attack (Jan. 18, 2012) by Eduardo Soares

On January 12, 2012, another criminal attack occurred against Brazil's judiciary, the third to date in the new year, leaving two people wounded. The incident took ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Newly Enacted Laws Guarantee Access to Information, Create Truth Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations (Nov. 28, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On November 18, 2011, the Brazilian government enacted a law (Lei No. 12.527, de 18 de Novembro de 2011) to regulate access to information as ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Creates National Program for Access to Technical Education and Employment (Nov. 18, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On October 26, 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef enacted Law No. 12,513 (Lei No. 12.513 de 26 de Outubro de 2011, PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which creates a ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Courts Rules on Bar Exam (Nov. 03, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On October 26, 2011, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled that passage of the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil) exam is a necessary ...

Topic: Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Labor Law Extends Notice of Dismissal to Up to 90 Days (Oct. 19, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On October 11, 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed into law legislation that amends the Consolidation of Labor Laws (Decreto-Lei No. 5.452, de 1 de Maio ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Brazil

National Borders Plan (Oct. 07, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On October 3, 2011, Brazil's Minister of Justice, Jos; Eduardo Cardozo, was quoted as saying that the National Borders Plan currently being discussed by the government ...

Topic: Border security
Jurisdiction: Brazil

State Law Cannot Overrule Federal Law on Transportation of Asbestos (Oct. 05, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

In a six to three decision, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled on September 28, 2011, that a law issued by the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Brazil

First Gay Marriage Authorized by Judiciary (Jul. 11, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On June 28, 2011, the Brazilian judiciary authorized the first same-sex marriage in Brazil. After eight years of living together, a gay couple was able to ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure on Preventive Detention Amended (Jul. 07, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On July 4, 2011, an amendment of Brazil's Code of Criminal Procedure revising 32 articles entered into force (Law No. 12, 402, May 4, 2011, amending ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Homosexual Inmates Granted Right to Conjugal Visits (Jul. 06, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

In June 2011, the Brazilian National Council on Criminal and Prison Policy (Conselho Nacional de Politica Criminal e Penitenciandaacute;ria) issued an administrative act (resoluandccedil;andatilde;o) granting homosexual ...

Topic: Discrimination
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Freedom of Assembly and Expression Upheld by Federal Supreme Court (Jun. 20, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On June 15, 2011, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled in favor of public demonstrations that defend the legalization of drug use, like the Marijuana March ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Sale of Spray Paint to Minors Prohibited (May. 31, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Use of Cell Phones Prohibited Inside Banks in the State of Rio (Apr. 08, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

In an effort to curb the crimes that occur when customers leave bank branches after withdrawing funds, on April 4, 2011, the Legislative Assembly of the ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Brazil

White Roofs to Fight Global Warming (Apr. 06, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On March 29, 2011, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro approved, during the first session of debate, a bill of law that ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Regulation for Stem Cell Research (Mar. 01, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Improvement of the Justice System (Feb. 25, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Money Laundering to Be Monitored by the Central Bank (Jan. 10, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

The Governor of the Angolan Central Bank, Jos; Lima Massano, recently announced that in the beginning of 2011 the bank will create a unit designed to ...

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Angola

New Decrees Regulate the Service Sector and Import of Goods (Jan. 10, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

It was reported on January 3, 2011, that the Cape Verdean Council of Ministers (Cabinet) approved a new decree-law that will regulate the services sector of ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Cape Verde

New National ID Card Launched (Jan. 04, 2011) by Eduardo Soares

On December 30, 2010, former Brazilian President Luis Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and former Minister of Justice Luiz Paulo Barreto launched a new ID card, to ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Code of Criminal Procedure Approved by the Federal Senate (Dec. 17, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On December 7, 2010, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a bill of law that reforms the current Code of Criminal Procedure, Decree-Law No. 3,689 of October ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

UN Human Rights Expert Calls for Independent Judiciary (Dec. 15, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

According to a report being prepared by United Nations human rights expert Gabriela Knaul that will be submitted to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council in ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Mozambique

New Standardized Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates (Dec. 15, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Antibiotics to Be Sold with Prescription Only (Nov. 05, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Decision on Clean Record Law (Nov. 04, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Deputy with the Most Votes May Lose His Seat Due to Illiteracy (Oct. 07, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

The Federal Deputy (Deputado Federal) elected with the most votes in the Brazilian general elections of October 2010, who represents the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo, may ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Maritime Border Expanded (Sep. 10, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

Resolution No. 3 of August 26, 2010 (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o No. 3 de 26 de Agosto de 2010), published in Brazil's official gazette on September 3, 2010, by ...

Topic: Treaties and International Agreements/Maritime
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Tax Regime to Be Instituted (Sep. 08, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

During a news conference on Friday, September 4, 2010, the Angolan Minister of State, Carlos Feijo, was quoted as saying that the government will soon revise ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Angola

Parental Alienation Criminalized (Sep. 02, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On August 26, 2010, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva approved as law a bill that criminalizes parental alienation. (Alienaandccedil;andatilde;o Parental Agora ; Crime Previsto ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Land Acquisition by Foreigners Limited (Aug. 26, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On August 23, 2010, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva signed an order, binding on the entire public administration, which limits the amount of land ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Surrogate Motherhood (Aug. 05, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

The Justice Tribunal of the State of Sandatilde;o Paulo (Corregedoria do Serviandccedil;o de Controle das Unidades Extrajudiciais do Tribunal de Justiandccedil;a de Sandatilde;o Paulo) in Brazil ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New State Petroleum Company Created (Aug. 05, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On August 2, 2010, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva sanctioned a bill that created a new state petroleum company, Pr;-Sal Petroleo S.A. The new ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Council of Ministers Approves Bills Creating an International Business Center and Other Incentive Measures (Jul. 08, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On June 17, 2010, the Council of Ministers of Cape Verde approved the drafts of three bills granting legislative authorization to the government for the creation ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Cape Verde

Parliament Approves Money Laundering Law (Jun. 03, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On May 27, 2010, the Angolan Parliament unanimously approved a law to fight money laundering and terrorism financing. The law has 60 articles and, in regard ...

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Angola

Employers Can No Longer Test Employees for HIV (Jun. 02, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

According to an administrative act (portaria) issued on May 31, 2010, by the Ministry of Employment, Brazilian companies are now prohibited from requiring prospective employees to ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Cooperation Agreements Being Prepared to Fight Corruption (May. 05, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: East Timor

New Law Will Require Journalists to Have a Degree (May. 05, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

A new Journalist Statute was approved by the Cape Verdean Parliament in April 2010 and must be voted on by the National Assembly in May 2010 ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Cape Verde

Gay Marriage Law Approved by Constitutional Tribunal (Apr. 12, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On April 8, 2010, the Portuguese Constitutional Tribunal confirmed the legitimacy of a law, passed in January 2010 by the Parliament, which modifies the definition of ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Proposal for an Internet Law Soon to Be Launched (Apr. 08, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

The Ministry of Justice will soon launch a draft proposal for a law that would regulate the use of the Internet in Brazil. The proposal ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Gay Marriage Approved by Parliament (Jan. 13, 2010) by Eduardo Soares

On January 8, 2010, the Portuguese Parliament approved a proposal for a law that authorizes persons of the same sex to get married. The proposal was ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Portugal

President Nominates 8th Justice for Federal Supreme Court (Oct. 23, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On September 30, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the nomination of Jos; Antandocirc;nio Dias Toffoli as the new Justice of the Federal Supreme Court, to ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Adoption Law (Aug. 05, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On August 3, 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva signed a new Adoption Law, which revises legislation currently in force in the country. Law ...

Topic: Adoption and foster care
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Grants Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants (Jul. 08, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On July 2, 2009, Brazil issued Law No. 11,961, granting amnesty to immigrants who currently are in an irregular or illegal situation and who entered the ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Grants Public Land in the Amazon to Adverse Possessors (Jul. 07, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On June 25, 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva signed Law No. 11,952, which regulates agrarian occupations in lands belonging to the government that ...

Topic: Property
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Reform of the Judiciary (Apr. 24, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On April 13, 2009, the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, Federal Senate, and the Federal Supreme Court and Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Penal Code Amended to Cover "Lightning" Kidnappings (Mar. 30, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On March 24, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a bill criminalizing a new type of crime currently being practiced in Brazil, the "lightning kidnapping" (sequestro-relandacirc;mpago). ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

International Child Custody Battle Transferred to Federal Court (Mar. 19, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On March 14, 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva met for the first time with the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Lula ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Former President Discusses Marijuana Decriminalization (Feb. 23, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

Former Brazilian President Fernando Henique Cardoso suggested during a meeting of the Latin-American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, which is composed of former presidents of Latin ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Payment of Unemployment Insurance Extended (Feb. 19, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On February 11, 2009, Brazil's Ministry of Labor extended the payment of unemployment insurance (seguro-desemprego) to sectors of the economy that are facing high levels of ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Issues Binding Decision on Attorney Access to Evidence (Feb. 09, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On February 2, 2009, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF) issued a binding decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 14) that grants attorneys in ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Castration for Pedophiles (Feb. 09, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Congress is currently debating a proposed law that amends the Penal Code to impose a punishment of chemical castration on persons convicted of committing ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Agreements on Defense Include Transfer of Technology (Jan. 05, 2009) by Eduardo Soares

On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Brazil; France

Proposed Law Defines Child Pornography and Punishes Pedophilia (Nov. 25, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On November 11, 2008, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a proposed law designed to improve the fight against the production, sale, and distribution of child ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Makes Payment of Child Support Mandatory During Pregnancy (Nov. 10, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On November 5, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva signed Law No. 11,804, making it mandatory that the allegedfather of a child pay child ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Parliament Rejects Same-Sex Marriage (Oct. 20, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On October 10, 2008, the Portuguese Parliament rejected two proposed laws that were presented by two minority parties (Bloco Esquerdista e Verde) that would have amended ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Divorce in One Hour (Oct. 17, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

As part of a simplification program that started in 2006, known as the Simplex Initiative and designed to make the services provided by the public sector ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Decree Changes Orthography in Brazil (Oct. 06, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On September 29, 2008, Brazil's President, Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva, signed Decree No. 6583, which promulgates the Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language, previously signed ...

Topic: Languages
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Prohibits Nepotism in All Three Branches of Government (Sep. 16, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Maternity Leave Expanded to Six Months (Sep. 03, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved, on August 13, 2008, the proposal for a new law that expands maternity leave from the current four months established ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Paternity Leave Expanded to 15 Days (Sep. 03, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On August 6, 2008, the Commission on Social Affairs of the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for the expansion of paternity leave from five days ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Use of Handcuffs Restricted to Exceptional Situations (Sep. 03, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On August 7, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court decided, by unanimous vote, that the use of handcuffs must be restricted to exceptional situations in which ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Makes Law Offices Inviolable to Searches and Seizures (Sep. 03, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On August 7, 2008, the acting Brazilian President, Jos; Alencar, signed into law a bill that makes law offices inviolable to searches and seizures. Alencar vetoed ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Violation of an Attorney';s Rights Will Soon Be Criminalized (Jul. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 20, 2008, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a proposal for a law that defines the crime of infringement of an attorney's rights and ...

Topic: Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Child Pornography to Be Criminalized (Jul. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 21, 2008, the Commission of the Constitution, Justice, and Citizenship of the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a law that criminalizes the ...

Topic: Crimes against children
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Shared Custody of Children Approved (Jul. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On June 13, 2008, a proposed law amending the Brazilian Civil Code was sanctioned by President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva, allowing parents to share the ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Stem Cell Research Approved (Jul. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 29, 2008, following a close vote, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court approved the use of embryonic stem cells to conduct research for finding cures ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Chamber of Deputies Amends Code of Criminal Procedure (Jun. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 14, 2008, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a law amending the Code of Criminal Procedure. According to the new law, criminal convictions for ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Parliament Approves Second Protocol to Orthographic Agreement (Jun. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 16, 2008, the Portuguese Parliament approved the second protocol that modified the Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language of 1990, an agreement between several ...

Topic: Languages
Jurisdiction: Portugal

Punishment for Money Laundering Increased (Jun. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On May 7, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a law that increases the punishment for the crime of money laundering from ten ...

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Government Ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On April 8, 2008, the Mozambican Republic Assembly ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, becoming the 145th state to do so. According to the treaty, ...

Topic: Arms control and nonproliferation
Jurisdiction: Mozambique

New Law Would Implement Electronic Control of Felons on Parole (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On April 15, 2008, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, received a proposal for a law, prepared by State Deputy ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Harsh Punishment for Bad Drivers (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

In Brazil, a driver who receives a certain number of negative points on his driver's license due to traffic violations may temporarily lose his license and ...

Topic: Motor vehicles
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Protocol on Immigration (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On April 1, 2008, in Madrid, Brazil and Spain signed a Protocol on Immigration designed to put an end to the recent diplomatic crisis involving tourists ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Brazil; Spain

Accession to Patent Cooperation Treaty (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On April 18, 2008, the United Nations Intellectual Property Agency announced that Sao Tome and Principe acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a pact designed ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Saint Tome (Sao Tome) and Principe

U.N. Office Ordered to Shut Down (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

The United Nations Office for Human Rights has until May 31, 2008, to close its office in Angola by order of the Angolan government. According to ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Angola

Electoral Propaganda Restricted (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral - TSE) will soon vote on an opinion (parecer t;cnico) in response to a consultation formulated by Federal ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Law Punishes Trafficking in Persons (May. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

In April 2008, the Mozambican Parliament approved a law specifically criminalizing trafficking in persons. According to the new law, trafficking in persons is defined as the ...

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: Mozambique

New President of Federal Supreme Court (Apr. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Authorizes Extradition of Colombian Drug Trafficker to United States (Apr. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On March 13, 2008, the Federal Supreme Court (FSC) of Brazil authorized the extradition of Colombian national Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, who is considered by the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Broad Range of Cooperation Agreements Signed (Apr. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

In February 2008, in Buenos Aires, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva, and the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, signed cooperation agreements ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Argentina; Brazil

Freedom of the Press (Apr. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court preliminarily suspended for six months 20 articles of the Brazilian Press Law. Within this period, the highest court of Brazil will ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Proposals to Amend Constitution to Be Voted on in 2008 (Mar. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

In 2008, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate will vote, inter alia, on two proposals to amend the Constitution. The first proposal establishes ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Government Inefficiency Leads to Increase in Lynching (Mar. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

Tired of the government inefficiency in the fight against crime, the population of Beira, the second largest city in Mozambique, is taking justice into its own ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mozambique

Cooperation Agreement on Immigration Signed (Mar. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On January 27, 2008, the Foreign Minister of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, visited Guinea-Bissau to meet with Prime Minister Martinho N'Dafa Cabi. At the meeting, representatives ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Guinea Bissau; Spain

Government Decides to Charge for Official Gazettes (Feb. 08, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On October 23, 2007, the Director-General of the Brazilian National Press, Fernando Tolentino de Sousa Vieira, issued Administrative Act (Portaria) No. 275 establishing the commercialization of ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Judges Will Have to Make Monthly Inspections in Penitentiaries (Feb. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On December 18, 2007, the Brazilian National Council of Justice issued a resolution (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o No. 47 de 18 de Dezembro de 1007) determining that the judges ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Proposed Law Authorizes 16-Year Olds to Drive (Feb. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is currently examining a proposed law authorizing 16-year olds to drive motor vehicles. According to the author of the law, Deputy ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Free Trade Agreement Signed (Feb. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

Following negotiations that began in 2005, on December 18, 2007, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the member states of MERCOSUR, the trade bloc that comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Israel; Mercosur

Senate Approves Changes in Jury Procedures (Jan. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On December 5, 2007, the Brazilian Senate approved a proposed law that amends the Code of Criminal Procedure, particularly the part that regulates the procedures of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Proposal to Require Chaperones for Medical, Dental Exams (Jan. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

In an effort to obviate sexual abuse, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is analyzing a proposed law that makes mandatory the presence of ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Free Trade Accord to Be Signed (Jan. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

Delegations representing Mercosur and Israel held meetings in Geneva to negotiate a free trade accord that can be signed in early 2008. It will be the ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Israel; Mercosur

Air Companies Charged for Flight Delays (Jan. 02, 2008) by Eduardo Soares

On December 5, 2007, the Brazilian Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, announced that airline companies will have to indemnify passengers for flight delays. According to Jobim, ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Changes Divorce Law (Dec. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

A Special Commission of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies is analyzing a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would reduce to one year the necessary period ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Proposed Law Gives Estranged Couples Equal Rights over Children (Dec. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

On October 23, 2007, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved the draft of a proposed supplemental law that changes the way children of estranged couples are raised. ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Strike Rights Limited by the Federal Supreme Court (Dec. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

On October 25, 2007, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) ruled that public servants have the right to go on strike, but imposed limitations on this ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Congress Analyzes Changes to Code of Criminal Procedure (Nov. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

The Commission of Constitution, Justice and Citizenship of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a proposed law amending the Code of Criminal Procedure. The proposed law ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Brazil

New Subjects Included in Curriculum of Public Basic Education (Nov. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

On October 1, 2007, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, approved and promulgated Law No. 5,096, on the inclusion in the ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Federal Supreme Court Decision Changes Electoral Law (Nov. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

On October 4, 2007, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision determining that the "electoral mandates" (seats) of Members of Congress who keep switching from ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Maternity Leave Extended (Nov. 02, 2007) by Eduardo Soares

On October 18, 2007, the Commission on Human Rights of the Brazilian Federal Senate unanimously approved a draft law extending maternity leave from four to six ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil