Taipei Ban on Election Banners and Flags (Sep. 17, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of ...

Topic: Elections and politics; Freedom of speech; Marketing and advertising
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Ministry of the Interior Publishes Draft Cybersecurity Act (Sep. 10, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 18, 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior published a draft of a new Cybersecurity Act. (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Erhhung der ...

Topic: Cybercrime
Jurisdiction: Germany

Ratification of Tax Convention (Sep. 10, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 28, 2014, Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention and its amending Protocol ...

Topic: Taxation; Treaties and International Agreements/Taxation
Jurisdiction:  Austria; Council of Europe; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Possible Amendment of IT Law to Address Cybercrimes Against Women (Aug. 21, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on August 15, 2014, that the Indian government has taken preliminary steps to introduce amendments to India's information technology law that would specifically ...

Topic: Commodities markets; Crimes against children; Crimes against women; Cybercrime; Information technology
Jurisdiction: India

Adoption of New Law Aimed at Ending Terrorism and Achieving Social Integration (Aug. 15, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 10, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey's parliament) adopted the Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration, in six articles. (Berk andCcedil;ektir,

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Gaza War Crimes Commission to Be Formed (Jul. 30, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 23, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution after concluding a special session on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian ...

Topic: Human rights; War crimes
Jurisdiction: U.N. Human Rights Council

Highest Court Declines to Overturn Ban on Use of Word "Allah" by Non-Muslims (Jun. 30, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 23, 2014, the Federal Court of Malaysia turned down an appeal to hear a case challenging the country's prohibition against the use of the ...

Topic: Freedom of speech; Religious minorities
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime (Jun. 13, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Crimes against humanity; Human rights; International criminal court; Sex offenses; War crimes
Jurisdiction: International Criminal Court

Delay in Adoption of New Law on Hydrocarbon Tax and Amendment of Law on Mineral Extraction Tax (Jun. 13, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

It was recently reported that in a first reading on May 7, 2014, Poland's Parliament failed to reach consensus on draft legislation proposing a new Law ...

Topic: Natural resources; Oil and gas; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Poland

Increase of Excise Tax on Tobacco (Jun. 13, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on June 6, 2014, that the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina had passed amendments to the country's Law on Excises. The amendments will ...

Topic: Excise taxes; Taxation; Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Marriage Defined as Between One Man and One Woman (Jun. 10, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 4, 2014, the National Council of the Slovak Republic (NCSR, the country's parliament) adopted an amendment to the Slovak Constitution to define marriage as ...

Topic: Constitution; Families ; Human rights; Marriage and family status; Same-sex marriage
Jurisdiction: Slovak Republic

Local Court Ruling on Bitcoin Transaction (Jun. 04, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on May 19, 2014, that a court in Overijssel, The Netherlands, had issued a decision in a civil suit involving an uncompleted Bitcoin ...

Topic: Currency; Financial services; Foreign exchange; Torts
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Central Bank Statement on Virtual Currencies (Jun. 04, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 8, 2014, in an item entitled "Virtual Currencies Are Not a Viable Alternative," published in its news bulletin, the Bank of the Netherlands (DNB) ...

Topic: Currency; Financial services; Foreign exchange
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Combined Residence and Work Permit Implemented for Some Foreign Workers (Apr. 28, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

From April 1, 2014, qualified foreign nationals who come to the Netherlands to work for a period longer than three months will receive a combined residence ...

Topic: Immigration; Labor
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Resolution Declares Crimea Referendum Invalid (Apr. 02, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was ...

Topic: International affairs; International organizations; Sovereignty
Jurisdiction: United Nations

Revised Uniform Act on Companies (Mar. 14, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

The Council of Ministers of the Organization for Business Law Harmonization in Africa (Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires, OHADA) adopted a "significantly ...

Topic: Business investment and capital; Corporations; Corporations and associations
Jurisdiction: OHADA

New Amendments to Laws on Judiciary (Mar. 10, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 15, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed an omnibus law (Law No. 6524 [in Turkish] (Feb. 15, 2014), GNA ...

Topic: Judges; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Abortion Law May Be Tightened (Mar. 06, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared ...

Topic: Abortion; Health
Jurisdiction: Norway

Law on Internet Publications Amended (Feb. 24, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and ...

Topic: Freedom of speech; Internet
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Law on Food Safety Amended (Feb. 06, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Food labeling; Food safety; Genetically modified foods; Health
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Amendment of List of Countries Subject to Controlled Foreign Company Legislation (Feb. 04, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

The Ministry of Finance (Valtiovarainministeri) of Finland issued a decree on December 31, 2013, updating its list of countries that impose a corporate tax burden deemed ...

Topic: Corporate income tax; Corporations; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Finland

Amendments to Law on Nonprofit Organizations Proposed (Feb. 04, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

The Government of Croatia proposed a draft Law on Financial Operations and Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations on January 30, 2014. Among other provisions, the new Law ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Nongovernmental organizations; Nonprofit corporations
Jurisdiction: Croatia

Court Finds Immunity Law Unconstitutional (Jan. 23, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 15, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Romania issued a ruling finding unconstitutional draft legislation that would grant public officials immunity from prosecution. The amendments ...

Topic: Constitution; Corruption; Crime and law enforcement; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Romania

New Export Regime in Place as Old One Is Being Grandfathered (Jan. 22, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

Curaandccedil;ao instituted a new export regime on January 1, 2014. The country's Parliament approved the regime, which is designed to support companies involved in international trade ...

Topic: Corporate income tax; Foreign trade and international finance; Import and export; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Curacao

New Anti-Corruption Law (Jan. 08, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers ...

Topic: Corruption; Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Rules Government Ordinance on Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Be Unconstitutional (Jan. 08, 2014) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 2, 2014, Nepal's Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional an ordinance adopted by the Maoist-led government that provides for amnesties of persons deemed responsible for serious ...

Topic: Constitution; Human rights; War crimes
Jurisdiction: Nepal

Protocol Adopted to Protect Children in Partner-Killing Cases (Dec. 27, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On December 1, 2013, a new protocol on custody of children in the event of a partner killing took effect in the Netherlands. It was developed ...

Topic: Child custody; Crime and law enforcement; Domestic violence
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Public Register Proposed for Tax Debts of Enterprises (Dec. 23, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Finnish government presented draft legislation to Finland's parliament, the Eduskunta, on December 5, 2013, concerning the establishment of a public register on tax debts of ...

Topic: Corporations; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Finland

Government Approves New Taxation Measures (Dec. 18, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

Romania's Ministry of Finance has published on its website an Emergency Ordinance on amending the Tax Code and on other tax-related measures. The government approved the ...

Topic: Corporate income tax; Income tax; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Romania

New Mining Code Replaces 1976 Law (Dec. 18, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 15, 2013, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi assented to enactment of the country's new Mining Code, which had been approved by Burundi's Senate on ...

Topic: Mining; Taxation
Jurisdiction: Burundi

Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence (Dec. 06, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country's parliament that would impose higher penalties on ...

Topic: Controlled substances; Criminal procedure; Police power
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

VAT on Electric Car Leasing to Be Eliminated (Nov. 29, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on November 18, 2013, that members of the collaborating majority of parties in Norway's Parliament agreed to eliminate the value-added tax on the ...

Topic: Energy efficiency and conservation; Environmental technology; Value-added tax
Jurisdiction: Norway

Draft Amnesty Law Approved by House Likely to Be Turned Down by Senate (Nov. 12, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On November 1, 2013, Thailand's House of Representatives approved legislation that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the period of political unrest in the country ...

Topic: Corruption; Executive powers
Jurisdiction: Thailand

Draft Legislation on Civil Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples (Nov. 05, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on September 19, 2013, that the Thai government plans to introduce landmark legislation on civil partnerships that would extend most marriage protections, rights, ...

Topic: Discrimination; Families; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Thailand

Constitutional Court Rules on Reasonable Period of Imprisonment for Certain Crimes (Nov. 04, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Constitutional Court of Turkey handed down a decision in June 2013 to annul the maximum term of imprisonment for certain crimes that fall under the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Turkey

New Procedural Code for Administration of Taxation (Sep. 30, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Parliament of Burundi adopted a new Tax Procedure Code on September 6, 2013. (Jean Harahagazwe andamp; Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burundi: Tax Procedure ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Burundi

Cross-Border Prisoner Transfer Law Adopted (Sep. 27, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; International affairs
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Commission Issues Declaration on Gender Equality and Reproductive Health (Sep. 23, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and ...

Topic: Workers safety and health; Families
Jurisdiction: United Nations

Ruling Limits Old Law (Sep. 18, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 6, 2013, the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Guyana, Ian Chang, ruled that cross-dressing can be deemed a criminal offense only ...

Topic: Constitution; Discrimination; Human rights
Jurisdiction: Guyana

Constitutional Amendments Planned (Sep. 10, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 28, 2013, Hungary's State Secretary of Justice, Robert Repassy, announced that the government would adjust the recent, highly controversial amendments to the country's Constitution ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Hungary

New Law on Civil Servants Being Drafted (Aug. 30, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on August 13, 2013, that the Ministry of Home Affairs of Laos is drafting a new law on civil servants. The aim of ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Laos

Tightening of Restrictions on Unhealthy Food Ads Aimed at Youth (Aug. 29, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal ...

Topic: Families; Health
Jurisdiction: Norway

Call for Amendment of Controversial Press Bill (Aug. 28, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

After a discussion held on August 23, 2013, the Bill Committee of the Upper House of the Parliament of Burma (Myanmar) has called for the cancellation ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Burma

City of Beijing Requires Certificate of No Criminal Record for Foreigner Workers (Aug. 20, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 30, 2013, Beijing municipal employment authorities gave notice of a new requirement, effective as of July 1, for foreigners seeking work permits in ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Immigration; Labor
Jurisdiction: China

Mining Code Amended (Jul. 31, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The transitional Parliament of Guinea (Conseil National de Transition, CNT) adopted Law L/2013/053/CNT on April 8, 2013, which amends the Mining Code, Law L/2011/006/CNT. The President ...

Topic: Mineral resources and mines
Jurisdiction: Guinea

Draft Smoking Ban Legislation Sent to Council of State (Jul. 31, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 9, 2013, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn, sent draft legislation on amending the Tobacco Act to reinstate a ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Free Trade Agreement Signed (Jul. 18, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of ...

Topic: International affairs; Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: New Zealand; Taiwan

Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime (Jul. 17, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Government ethics and transparency; Lawyers and legal services; Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Signing of Protocol to European Convention on Human Rights (Jul. 15, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 25, 2013, Norway signed Protocol 15 Amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Committee of Ministers of the ...

Topic: Human rights; International law
Jurisdiction: Council of Europe; Norway

New Regional Anti-Piracy Agreement (Jul. 09, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 25, 2013, in an effort to help prevent piracy and other illegal maritime actions in West and Central Africa, participants in the

Topic: Treaties and International Agreements/Maritime ; Piracy
Jurisdiction: Africa

Amended Law Prohibits Purchase and Use of Anabolic Steroids (Jul. 09, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

Norway's Medicinal Products Act was amended on June 14, 2013, to make the use and purchase of ...

Topic: Health; Sports and recreation
Jurisdiction: Norway

Children (Jun. 20, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

According to a recent report issued by the Children's Ombudsman of the Netherlands, Marc Dullaert, the Netherlands is in violation of the United Nations Convention on ...

Topic: Family; Immigration
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Tax Incentives for Investment in Small Companies (May. 28, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 13, 2013, Decree A 341/2013, which puts into force the Law on Investment Relief for Fiscal Years 2013-2015 (hereinafter Law on Investment Relief), was ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Finland

Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products (May. 13, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Landmark Fishing Agreement (Apr. 15, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Japan; Taiwan

Call to Bail out of Strict Bail-In Policy (Apr. 09, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on March 26, 2013, that Denmark is reconsidering its "bail-in" policy towards lending institutions, ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Denmark

Criminal Law Amendment Bill on Rape Adopted (Apr. 09, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 2, 2013, India's President, Pranab Mukherjee, signed an anti-rape bill into law. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was approved by the country's Upper ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: India

Draft Proposals Completed on Hydrocarbon Tax Law and Amendment to Geology and Mining Law (Apr. 08, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on March 3, 2013, that Poland's Ministry of Finance had completed a draft hydrocarbon taxation proposal. The proposal sets forth tax rates for ...

Topic: Mineral resources and mines
Jurisdiction: Poland

Draft New Constitution Approved in Referendum (Mar. 26, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 16, 2013, in a nationwide referendum held in Zimbabwe, almost 95% of those who cast ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Zimbabwe

Proposed Measures to Combat Tax Avoidance (Mar. 25, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 13, 2013, Poland's Minister of Finance announced a number of proposed changes to the country's Tax Code that would comprehensively modify the Code. (Magdalena ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Poland

Constitutional Amendments Adopted (Mar. 19, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 11, 2013, Hungary's Parliament approved a number of controversial amendments to the country's constitution, the Fundamental Law of Hungary (Magyarorszandaacute;g Alaptrv;nye). The changes were ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Hungary

Supreme Court Delivers Hate Speech Ruling (Mar. 15, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision on February 27, 2013, asserting that limits placed on free speech in connection with hate speech are valid ...

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Canada

Law to Combat Financing of Terrorism (Mar. 12, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 7, 2013, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey's parliament) adopted the Law on the Prevention of ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Government Plans to Crack Down on Returning Foreign Convicts (Mar. 11, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Norwegian government is reforming two aspects of immigration policy related to foreign convicts in the country. As reported on February 22, 2013, the Ministry of ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Norway

Proposal for Cut in Corporate Tax Rate (Feb. 28, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on February 26, 2013, that the Danish government published a Plan for Growth DK Strong Companies, More Jobs (Vandaelig;kstplan DK - standaelig;rke ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Denmark

Proposal to Remove Non-Original Writings from Copyright Protection (Feb. 28, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Proposed Law to Give Relief to Alien Victims of Domestic Violence (Feb. 12, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

Denmark's Ministry of Justice has recently proposed an amendment to the Danish Aliens Act that would allow foreigners ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Denmark

Crime of Sexual Assault Penalized (Feb. 11, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 3, 2013, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, signed with immediate effect a Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, adopted by the country's Cabinet on February ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: India

Strengthening of Prosecution of Foreign Bribery Cases (Feb. 08, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

In response to an evaluation report published on January 8, 2013, by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Cabinet of the

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Provision on Same-Sex Marriage Approved by Legislature (Feb. 07, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: France

Politicians Banned from Public Service Messages (Feb. 01, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on January 24, 2013, that Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (Radyo ve Televizyonust Kurulu, or RTandUuml;K) has approved a new regulation that ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Agreement on Binding Convention to Reduce Mercury Use (Jan. 25, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 19, 2013, the environment ministers of more than 140 governments, participating in the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Programme's Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: United Nations

Defendants to Be Permitted to Use Mother Tongue in Court Statements (Jan. 25, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

The Grand National Assembly (Turkey's parliament) adopted a law on January 23, 2013, which, among other stipulations, ...

Topic: Languages
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Agreement to Fight Economic Crime Signed (Jan. 22, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Taiwan; Thailand

Creation of Special Stabilization Fund from New Fee on Banks (Jan. 16, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 2, 2013, the Polish Cabinet approved a proposal put forward by the Minister of Finance to create a special stabilization fund based on contributions ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Poland

Stiffer Drunk Driving Provisions (Jan. 16, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that ...

Topic: Driving while intoxicated
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Amended Transgender Law Now in Force (Jan. 11, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

Effective January 1, 2013, Sweden's Law 1972:119 on the Determination of Sex in Some Cases (hereinafter Sex ...

Topic: Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Sweden

Rejection of Ban on Illegal Downloading and Other Copyright Policy Motions (Jan. 07, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Extensively Amended Patent Act Becomes Effective (Jan. 03, 2013) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Anti-Terror Law Ruled Constitutional (Dec. 18, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On December 14, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada issued two simultaneous rulings on three terrorism-related cases that involved issues of free speech, religious freedom, and ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Canada

Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Signed (Dec. 05, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Turkey's Constitutional Court has annulled a government-backed ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Amended Foreign Investment Law Published (Nov. 28, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On November 1, 2012, the Pyithu Hluttaw, Burma's Parliament, passed amendments to the Foreign Investment Law that it adopted just two months ago. President U Thein ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: Burma

Approval of Same-Sex Marriage Draft Law (Nov. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

France's Council of Ministers (Conseil des Ministres, Cabinet) approved a draft law on November 7, 2012, that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples. The proposal ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: France

Draft Law on National Land Planning Submitted to Cabinet (Nov. 09, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land ...

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Criticism of Anti-Terrorism Laws (Nov. 08, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On November 1, 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) a body of 18 independent experts responsible for monitoring implementation of the International ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Turkey; United Nations

Anti-Corruption Law Adopted (Nov. 07, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Italy

Law on Start Up Companies and Other Stimulus Measures (Nov. 06, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Regulation No. 179 of October 18, 2012, on Further Urgent Measures for the Country's Growth, was published in

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: Italy

Appellate Court Rules Kenyan Courts Do Have Jurisdiction over Offenses Committed on High Seas (Oct. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 18, 2012, the Kenyan Court of Appeal ruled that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction over cases involving persons suspected of international piracy. The ruling overturns ...

Topic: Piracy
Jurisdiction: Kenya

Supreme Court Ruling on Mobile Phones and Tumors (Oct. 23, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Italy

Joint Venture Capital Investment Agreement (Oct. 19, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: New Zealand; Taiwan

Proposed Criminal Law Amendment to Include Internet in Public Space, Public Act Definition (Oct. 19, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 12, 2012, Norway's Ministry of Justice published for public comment a proposal recommending that the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Norway

Revision of Law on Private Limited Companies (Oct. 17, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The private limited company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, or B.V.), which is similar to the American limited liability company, "is the most frequently ...

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Landmark Case Ends Patriarchal Inheritance System (Oct. 16, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 12, 2012, the High Court of Botswana issued a landmark decision on women's inheritance rights, for the first time according women the right to ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Botswana

Individual Access to Constitutional Court (Oct. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 24, 2012, the day that new provisions allowing access by individuals to Turkey's Constitutional Court came into effect, seven persons filed petitions with the ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Agreement to Combat Human Trafficking (Oct. 05, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: Indonesia; Taiwan

Tobacco Display Ban Upheld (Oct. 01, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 14, 2012, the Oslo District Court issued a ruling upholding Norway's ban on the display ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Norway

Cabinet Approves Increase in Minimum Hourly Wage (Sep. 28, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Proposal for Expansion of Pre-Trial Detention Sent to Legislature (Sep. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted a proposal to the Lower House of the Parliament that would make it possible to detain a ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

New International Guidelines on Detention of Asylum-Seekers (Sep. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 21, 2012, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued new international guidelines on the detention of persons seeking asylum, ...

Topic: Asylum
Jurisdiction: United Nations

Membership in South Pacific Fisheries Organization (Sep. 26, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, ...

Topic: Natural resources
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Driver's License Reform (Sep. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Finland plans to inaugurate the use of a new, fixed-term driver's license as of January 19, 2013, ...

Topic: Motor vehicles
Jurisdiction: Finland

Legislative Proposal on Transgendered Individuals (Sep. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, submitted ...

Topic: Women's rights
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Electronic Firearms Registry Part of Integrated Police Records System (Sep. 24, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on September 6, 2012, that Finland's police force will have a new, electronic registry ...

Topic: Firearms and explosives
Jurisdiction: Finland

Proposed Reduction in Corporate Tax Rate (Sep. 24, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Swedish government has put forward a proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate in 2013 from the current level of 26.3% to 22%, an approximately ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Sweden

2009 Industrial Property Law Now in Force (Sep. 18, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Djibouti

Legislation to Limit Children's Smartphone Spending Being Considered (Sep. 14, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 12, 2012, Birgitta Ohlsson, the Swedish minister responsible for consumer affairs, announced that the government might introduce legislation "to prevent children from emptying their ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Sweden

New Foreign Direct Investment Law Adopted (Sep. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On September 7, 2012, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union, the parliament of Burma) approved a new Foreign Investment Law, after several months of parliamentary ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: Burma

Surcharge on Electronic Waste Takes Retroactive Effect (Sep. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on September 10, 2012, that China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has issued an announcement that introduces the imposition of a surcharge on ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: China

Resignation of Constitutional Court Justices (Sep. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The nine justices of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar (Burma) all resigned on September 6, 2012. The abrupt move was made in response to a vote ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Burma

Newly Amended Data Retention Law (Sep. 07, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on August 1, 2012, that both chambers of the Czech Parliament had approved an act to amend the 2005 Electronic Communications Act. (

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Czech Republic

Tax on Public Broadcasting (Sep. 07, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The President of Finland approved law proposal HE 28/2012 on August 31, 2012, which introduces a tax to finance the country's national public service broadcasting company, ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Finland

Further Smoking Restrictions Contemplated (Sep. 04, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported in June 2012 that the Health Ministry of the Czech Republic was preparing to tighten the country's anti-smoking legislation through the adoption of ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Czech Republic

Ruling on Embryo Screening (Aug. 31, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 25, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Italy's ban on embryonic screening violates article 8 of the European Convention on ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: European Court of Human Rights; Italy

New Government Statement on Remuneration in State-Owned Companies (Aug. 31, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 13, 2012, the Government of Finland released a new statement on the remuneration of senior executive management in state-owned companies, which takes "openness and ...

Topic: Economics and public finance
Jurisdiction: Finland

Report of Official Executions Being Carried Out After Long Hiatus (Aug. 30, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Amnesty International (AI) reported on August 24, 2012, that it had "received credible reports" of nine persons having been executed in The Gambia on the previous ...

Topic: Capital punishment
Jurisdiction: Gambia

Unilateral Decree on Avoidance of Double Taxation Amended Due to Introduction of New Tax on Banks (Aug. 30, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

A decree amending the 2001 Unilateral Decree on the Avoidance of Taxation (Besluit voorkoming dubbele belasting 2001, Bvdb 2001, hereinafter Unilateral Decree) was published in the ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Making Public Threats on a Blog Will Be Criminalized (Aug. 13, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Storting, Norway's parliament, may update the country's Penal Code in connection with the crime of making threats in public, in the aftermath of a Norwegian ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Norway

Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage (Aug. 13, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum ...

Topic: Labor
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

New Constitution Approved (Aug. 09, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On August 1, 2012, Somalia's special, 825-member National Constituent Assembly approved a new constitution for the country by a large majority over 96% of the ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Somalia

Constitutional Reform Underway (Aug. 09, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Turkey's Constitutional Reconciliation Commission reconvened on August 1, 2012, to resume its preparation of a new constitution for the country. The parliamentary body will reportedly start ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Tobacco Control Law Tightened (Jul. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 4, 2012, the Turkish Parliament (the Grand National Assembly, Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi, or TBMM), passed amendments to the Law on the Prevention and ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Law Restricting Caesarean Births (Jul. 17, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Accession for Least Developed Countries Being Streamlined (Jul. 17, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 6, 2012, Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) validated a decision of the Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries to streamline and facilitate the ...

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

Action Plan to Eliminate Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers (Jul. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 3, 2012, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations signed an Action Plan on concrete steps for the Government to take ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: Somalia

First Resolution on Internet Free Speech (Jul. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On July 5, 2012, the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, unanimously adopted a resolution to protect the free speech of individuals on the ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: U.N. Human Rights Council

Regional Court Ruling Criminalizes Circumcision of Young Boys (Jul. 03, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

According to a decision handed down by the Cologne regional court (Landgericht Kln) on June 26, 2012, circumcision of young boys is a criminal act, prohibited ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Germany

Overhaul of Rules on Review of Criminal Cases (Jul. 02, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 12, 2012, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) adopted draft legislation reforming the rules on criminal case review, which are ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

New Bank Tax Under Consideration by Parliament (Jun. 28, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

In December 2011, draft legislation on the introduction of a bank tax in the Netherlands was released by the government. The Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Tighten Parliamentary Control over Foreign Deployment of Armed Forces (Jun. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on June 18, 2012, that Norway's Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti, or SV) has proposed and presented to Norway's Parliament (Storting), a constitutional ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Norway

Four Different Constitutional Amendment Proposals in Parliament (Jun. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

At present there are four proposed amendments to the Norwegian Constitution in the initial stage of consideration by the Storting, Norway's parliament. The proposals have to ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Norway

Changes in Corporate Tax and Withholding Tax (Jun. 26, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 13, 2012, the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) passed L 173, draft legislation to amend the corporate tax law, withholding tax law, tax control law, tax ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Denmark

Investigation of Late Forced Abortion Leads to Suspension of Local Officials (Jun. 21, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Xinhua News Agency reported on June 15, 2012, that Chinese authorities were investigating a case of an alleged forced abortion, carried out in a woman's seventh ...

Topic: Abortion
Jurisdiction: China

Draft Measures on Internet Information Services Management (Jun. 19, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 7, 2012, the State Council issued for public comment the revised draft Measures on the Management of Internet Information Services (Hulianwang xinxi fuwu ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: China

Court Decision in Privacy Violation Case Partially Favorable to Google (Jun. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On June 8, 2012, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgericht) announced that it had partially upheld Google's appeal in a case involving the company's alleged violations of ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Switzerland

Justices Charged with Sedition (Jun. 14, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was arrested on charges of sedition on May 24, 2012, after police ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Papua New Guinea

Draft Laws on Digital Communication with the Public Sector (May. 23, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on May 1, 2012, that two legislative proposals currently before the Danish Parliament, L 160 and L 159, will make the use of ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Denmark

Rising Retirement Age (May. 22, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on May 18, 2012, that, based on the 2012 budget agreement called the Spring Accord, reached three weeks ago by a coalition of ...

Topic: Employee benefits
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Full Digitalization of Public Administration (May. 22, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on April 12, 2012, that "[c]orrespondence between the public and the administration will be based on digital mail," ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Norway

Changes in Investment Incentives (May. 18, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 25, 2012, the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic approved a bill amending the Act on Investment Incentives (Act No. 72/2000, as ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: Czech Republic

Court Orders Blocking of The Pirate Bay (May. 17, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

In a ruling issued on May 10, 2012, a Dutch district court in The Hague ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block The ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Amended Telecommunications Act Prescribes Net Neutrality, Stricter Cookie Provisions (May. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 8, 2012, the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the States-General (Staten-Generaal, the Dutch Parliament), unanimously adopted amendments to the Telecommunications Act in order to conform ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Amended Law on Electronic Communications (May. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On May 10, 2012, the Riksdag (Sweden's parliament) adopted controversial amendments to the country's Electronic Communications Act, which regulates the monitoring of Internet and telephone activity ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Sweden

Proposed Amendments to Acts on Nuclear Damage (May. 07, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Data Protection Act Amended (May. 03, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 9, 2012, amendments to the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act came into force. (Personal Data Protection Act (Unofficial Translation), Institute for Information Law ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Proposed Changes to Data Protection Act (Apr. 30, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Cabinet Approves Capital Gains Tax Proposal (Apr. 30, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Supreme People's Court Issues Provisions to Aid Interpretation of Internet Copyright Infringement (Apr. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

Dangerous Dogs Act Finally to Come into Force (Apr. 24, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Ministry of the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (Tandamp;T) stated in a press release on April 16, 2012, that the Dangerous Dogs Act would ...

Topic: Animal protection
Jurisdiction: Trinidad and Tobago

First U.N. Investigation of Native American Rights (Apr. 24, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

From April 23 to May 4, 2012, James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as Regents Professor and the ...

Topic: Native peoples
Jurisdiction: United Nations; United States

UNODC and IOM Sign MOU to Enhance Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling (Apr. 23, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on April 17, 2012, to ...

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: United Nations

Supreme Court Holds U.N. Cannot Be Sued in Bosnia Massacre Case (Apr. 19, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Ban on Gold as Medium of Exchange (Apr. 18, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 3, 2012, the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) issued Decree No. 24/2012/ND-CP on the management of gold trading. The Decree ...

Topic: Currency
Jurisdiction: Vietnam

Controversial Education Reform Legislation Passed (Apr. 17, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Grand National Assembly (GNA, Turkey's parliament) passed an education reform bill on March 30, 2012, extending the length of compulsory education from eight years to ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Tax on Metal Exploitation Introduced (Apr. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Poland's new Law on Taxation of Extraction of Certain Metals of March 2, 2012, was published in the country's Official Gazette (DZIENNIK USTAW RZECZYPOSPOLITEJ POLSKIEJ) on ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Poland

Landmark Trial of 1980 Military Coup Leaders Begins (Apr. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Two retired generals have been placed on trial for their role in the September 12, 1980, coup d'etat in Turkey, which imposed military rule on the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Groundwork for Campaign Finance Law (Apr. 11, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 4, 2012, the six parties represented in Hungary's National Assembly (Orszandaacute;ggyul;s) agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing in the ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Hungary

Landmark ICC Ruling Finds Congo Militia Leader Guilty (Apr. 11, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The International Criminal Court (ICC), established in July 2002, issued its first decision on March 14, 2012. In the landmark case, "The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: International Criminal Court

Amendment of Criminal Procedure Law (Apr. 09, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 14, 2012, China's National People's Congress (NPC) adopted an amendment to the country's 1979 Criminal Procedure Law. The Law was first extensively revised in ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Proposal to Do Away with Penalty of Compulsory Institutional Care (Apr. 06, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on April 3, 2012, that a government-appointed committee has presented a proposal to the Ministry of Social Affairs to eliminate the possibility of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Sweden

Disputed Data Protection Law Amended (Apr. 06, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On April 2, 2012, the Members of the Hungarian Parliament, by a large majority, amended the country's Information Freedom Act "to strengthen the independence of the ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Hungary

Efforts to Expedite Patent Processing (Apr. 05, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

2012 Tax Incentives (Apr. 05, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 2, 2012, the President of Gabon promulgated Decree No. 0001 on the Finance Law for 2012. Tax incentives under the new Law apply to ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Gabon

Proposed Tightening of Supervision over Legal Profession (Mar. 26, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Cabinet of the Dutch government has put forward a legislative proposal on the creation of an independent Supervisory Board to be the body ultimately responsible ...

Topic: Lawyers and legal services
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Media Reform Program (Mar. 23, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Minister of Information and Culture of Myanmar (Burma), Kyaw Hsan, stated on March 19, 2012, at a two-day conference on "Media Development in Myanmar," that ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Burma

Amendment to Law on Foreign Exchange Controls Adopted (Mar. 22, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 13, 2012, Iceland's Parliament (Althingi) adopted Act No. 17/2012 Amending the Foreign Exchange Act, No. 87/1992. (Amendments of the Foreign Exchange Act, Central ...

Topic: Foreign exchange
Jurisdiction: Iceland

Criticism of Newly Proposed Budget (Mar. 21, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Iran's Parliamentary Research Center recently put forward three major criticisms of the government's budget bill for the upcoming year (1391/Mar. 20, 2012-Mar. 20, 2013), in addition ...

Topic: Budget
Jurisdiction: Iran

Proposal on Making Biometric Data Mandatory for Residency Permit Applications (Mar. 16, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Citizens Group Seeks New Right to Die (Mar. 16, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament held a plenary session on March 8, 2012, concerning a citizen's initiative on euthanasia. The group ...

Topic: Death and dying
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Parliament Adopts Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence (Mar. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Turkey's Parliament (the General Assembly) passed a law on March 8, 2012, notably on International Women's Day, designed to prevent violence against women. In the words ...

Topic: Domestic violence
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Call for Amendment of Domestic Laws to Conform with Human Rights Covenants (Mar. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Ban of the Drug Khat Proposed (Mar. 14, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Indictment of Breivik for Terrorism, Arson, Murder (Mar. 13, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 7, 2012, Norwegian prosecutors made public the 18-page indictment against Anders Behring Breivik on charges of terrorism, arson, and murder. Breivik is accused of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Norway

Proposal to Outlaw Use of Smartphones to Take Compromising Pictures (Mar. 08, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 29, 2012, the Swedish government made public draft legislation to outlaw the use of camera-equipped smartphones to take compromising pictures of people without their ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Sweden

Proposal to Increase Human Trafficking Punishment (Mar. 08, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands submitted a legislative proposal to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) of the ...

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Cases Before European Court of Human Rights on Lengthy Detentions to Be Addressed (Mar. 06, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Turkey's Minister of Justice, Sadullah Ergin, announced on March 1, 2012, that the government would establish a special commission to handle cases filed with the European ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Turkey

Crime Victims' Compensation to Be Increased After July 2011 Massacre (Mar. 01, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

It was reported on December 8, 2011, that the Storting (Norway's Parliament) will increase the amount of compensation given to victims of violent crime as well ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Norway

Ratification of Disabilities Convention (Feb. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian National Assembly unanimously ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria had signed the Convention ...

Topic: Treaties and international agreements/human rights; Civil rights and liberties
Jurisdiction: Bulgaria

Cabinet Submits 53 Priority Draft Proposals to the Legislature (Feb. 27, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, ...

Topic: Legal systems
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Federal Supreme Court Amends Women's Protection Law (Feb. 15, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 9, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional article 16 of the Brazilian Women's Protection Law (Lei Maria da Penha, Lei No. ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Brazil

Human Rights Activist Li Tie Sentenced for Subversion (Feb. 09, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 18, 2012, the Intermediate People's Court in Wuhan (the capital of China's Hubei Province) sentenced writer and human rights activist Li Tie to ten ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: China

Tightened Controls on Microblogging, Including Real Name Requirement (Feb. 08, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On February 7, 2012, it was reported that China's four major microblogging (weibo) websites -- Sina.com, Sohu, NetEase, and Tencent -- will institute a real-name identification ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: China

Wearing of Face Coverings in Most Public Places to Be Banned (Feb. 03, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 27, 2012, the Cabinet of the Netherlands reaffirmed an earlier decision and announced that a ban on burqas and other face coverings, which had ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Netherlands

Constitutional Court Holds Election Law Unconstitutional (Feb. 01, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Romania's Constitutional Court, in a ruling delivered on January 25, 2012, held as unconstitutional a new law that permits local and parliamentary elections to be held ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Romania

Military Arrests and Detains Criminal Court Judge (Jan. 30, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 16, 2012, the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) took the unprecedented step of arresting and detaining Abdulla Mohamed, Chief Judge of the country's criminal ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Maldives

Election Law Amended, New Election System Adopted (Jan. 26, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Mongolia's Parliament, the State Great Hural, reportedly passed a revision of the country's election law on December 14, 2011. The amended law changes the parliamentary election ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Mongolia

Agreement on Enforcement of Sentences (Jan. 25, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: International Criminal Court; Mali

Law on Research Using Human Subjects (Jan. 23, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On December 9, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a new law on the use of human subjects in research projects. Previously, research involving humans was governed by ...

Topic: Science and technology
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Developments in Mass Murder Case (Jan. 20, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

On January 13, 2012, the Oslo District Court ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of criminal suspect Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to launching a car-bomb ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Norway

Judges Evaluation Committee Operational as Part of New Judges Act (Jan. 12, 2012) by Wendy Zeldin

Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Taiwan

Peaceful Protest Law (Dec. 30, 2011) by Wendy Zeldin