Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Adoption of Ordinance Banning Islamic State and Related Groups http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404167_text Terrorism - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404167_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Referendum Rejects Limits on Executive Pay http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403786_text Constitution; Corporations - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403786_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland; United States: Agreement on Tax Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403727_text International affairs; Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403727_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Referendum on Executive Pay http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403530_text Corporations - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403530_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Burqa Ban Voted Down http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403348_text Families - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403348_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Court Decision in Privacy Violation Case Partially Favorable to Google http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403188_text Communications - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403188_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Military Conscription http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402840_text Armed forces and national security - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402840_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Controversial Referendum on Automatic Expulsion of Foreign Residents Convicted of Crimes http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402407_text Crime and law enforcement - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402407_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Fees for Exchange of Tax Information Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402327_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402327_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Decriminalization of Narcotics Consumption Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402322_text Crime and law enforcement; Health; Drug trafficking - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402322_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland; Taiwan: Against ISO over Request for Country Name Change Declined http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text International affairs - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Exchange of Tax Information http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402212_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402212_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Federal Procedural Laws Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402189_text Judiciary - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are:... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402189_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Parliament Passes Agreement with United States on UBS http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402067_text Banks and financial institutions - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402067_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Initiative on Biometric ID Cards for Foreigners http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401864_text Identification - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401864_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Court Decision Denies Release of UBS Bank Records to the IRS http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401805_text Banks and financial institutions - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401805_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: New Law Encourages Multilingual Culture http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401779_text Languages - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages),... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401779_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Federal Administrative Court Chastises Financial Markets Authority for Releasing UBS Records to IRS http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401766_text Banks and financial institutions - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401766_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Referendum Bans Minarets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401710_text Constitution - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 04 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401710_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Information on Tax Evasion http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401713_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 04 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401713_text Global Legal Monitor: France; Switzerland: Exchange of Bank Information for Tax Purposes http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401381_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401381_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Census http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401175_text Census - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401175_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Succession of Cabinet Members http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401173_text Government - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)).... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401173_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Child Pornography http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401174_text Constitution - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401174_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Court Rules on Marcos Assets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540937_text Government ethics and transparency - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540937_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Switzerland: Schengen Area Accession http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540919_text Border security - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540919_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Heavy Vehicle Tax http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540463_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540463_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Crime Victim Compensation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540347_text Crime and law enforcement - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540347_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Sustainability Criteria for Biofuels http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540287_text Energy - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540287_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Child Allowance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540224_text Families - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sat, 02 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540224_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Federal Archives http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054041_text Government ethics and transparency - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jan 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054041_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Arms Control http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054074_text Import and export - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead On November 14, 2007, the Swiss Commerce Department (Eidgensasisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartment, EVD) announced that it suspended an export permit for 21 Swiss-produced anti-aircraft missile systems for Pakistan. The exports had been approved in December 2006 and six... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054074_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Forced Marriage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054078_text Families - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead On November 14, 2007, the Swiss Commerce Department (Eidgensasisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartment, EVD) announced that it suspended an export permit for 21 Swiss-produced anti-aircraft missile systems for Pakistan. The exports had been approved in December 2006 and six The Swiss Federal Council (the executive branch of the Swiss government) communicated to the Swiss parliament its concern over the high incidence of forced marriages among the immigrant population from Islamic countries and its intention to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054078_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Flat Rate Tax http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540184_text Taxation - The Federal Council, Switzerland's Cabinet, adopted the Ordinance on the Prohibition of the Islamic State Group (IS) and Related Organisations on October 8, 2014. (The Federal Council Adopts Ordinance Banning the Islamic State Group and On November 24, 2012, the Swiss people voted on a popular initiative that would have amended the Swiss Constitution by adding a new article 110a to limit executive pay to 12 times the pay of the Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the Swiss people voted for a popular initiative to limit executive pay. Voter participation was over 45%, and 68% of those voting supported the measure. (Volksabstimmung vom 3. On September 28, 2012, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Parliament, voted down, by a narrow margin, a proposal to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, including on public transportation. The 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 privacy through its Street View service. (Sung Un Kim, On October 3, 2011, the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth Issues (Eidgenssische Kommission fur Kinder- und Jugendfragen (last visited Oct. 4, 2011)) published a report entitled A Service for the Public Welfare (Ein On November 28, 2010, Swiss voters supported an initiative launched by the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) to automatically expel any foreign residents convicted of certain crimes. The vote was 52.9% in favor and 47.1% opposed, On October 18, 2010, the Finance Committee of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the Swiss bicameral Parliament, submitted a motion to the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the executive branch of the Swiss government, requesting On October, 15, 2010, the Committee for Social Security and Health of the National Council (Nationalrat), the representative chamber of the bicameral Swiss Parliament, resolved to initiate the legislative process for amending the Narcotics Act (Betabungsmittelgesetz, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On September 1, 2010, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat, Federal Cabinet) adopted the Regulation on Administrative Assistance Accorded to Double Taxation Conventions (Amtshilfeverordnung [Administrative Assistance Regulation], advance copy, Federal Administration of the Swiss Federation website, On January 1, 2011, several federal procedural laws will become effective in Switzerland. These will replace the corresponding laws of the 26 cantons as well as several federal enactments. These new federal laws are: On June 15, 2010, the National Council, Switzerland's lower house of parliament, reversed its initial, June 8 rejection of the deal and approved an agreement with the United States to settle tax evasion lawsuits lodged by On March 3, 2010, Switzerland's National Council (the larger chamber of the two-chamber parliament) adopted a decision to include biometric data on the identification cards of foreigners. Such data (fingerprints, facial photograph, digital signature, stored in On January 21, 2010, the Swiss Administrative Court rescinded a decision of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration that would have released Swiss banking records to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, docket number A-7789/2009, Jan. On January 1, 2010, a new Swiss law went into effect that aims at preserving the multilingual culture of Switzerland. (Bundesgesetz uber die Landessprachen und die Verstandigung zwischen den Sprachgemeinschaften (Federal Act on the National Languages), On January 5, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court issued a judgment in which it held that the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Eidgenssische Finanzmarktaufsicht, FINMA)had acted unlawfully on February 18, 2009, when it ordered UBS AG, On November 29, 2009, the Swiss people approved a popular initiative that inserts into the Federal Constitution a new article 72, paragraph 3, that states, "[t]he construction of minarets is prohibited." (Eidgenssische Volksinitiative 'Gegen den Bau On November 17, 2009, the Swiss Federal Authorities gave a progress report on the processing of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests for information on the suspected tax evasion by U.S. residents who had banked with On June 12, 2009, France and Switzerland agreed to amend their existing bilateral tax treaty by adding a provision that allows the exchange of bank information for tax purposes, bringing the treaty up to the standard On January 20, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Census Regulation that became effective on February 1 (Volkszahlungsverordnung, Dec. 19, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 241 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_3.html (click on page 241)). The Census Regulation On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). On February 3, 2009, Switzerland promulgated an amendment to the Constitution that abolishes any statutory limitation of actions for pornographic or sexual offenses committed against prepubescent children (Bundesbeschluss, June 13, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung 471 (2009), available On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders On March 26, 2008, Switzerland promulgated amendments to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Act that enhance enforcement of the user fees imposed on heavy passenger cars and trucks and to the Heavy Vehicle Tax Regulation (Bundesgesetz, Oct. On April 8, 2008, Switzerland promulgated an Act on Crime Victim Compensation (Opferhilfegesetz, Mar. 23, 2007, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 1607 (2008)) that will become effective on January 1, 2009. The Act replaces the former Crime Victim On January 30, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Act (Minerallsteuergesetz, Anderung, AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG (AS) 579) and the Act Amending the Mineral Oil Tax Regulation (Minerallsteuerverordnung, Anderung, AS 583). (Federal Authorities of On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead On November 14, 2007, the Swiss Commerce Department (Eidgensasisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartment, EVD) announced that it suspended an export permit for 21 Swiss-produced anti-aircraft missile systems for Pakistan. The exports had been approved in December 2006 and six The Swiss Federal Council (the executive branch of the Swiss government) communicated to the Swiss parliament its concern over the high incidence of forced marriages among the immigrant population from Islamic countries and its intention to The Swiss Canton of Obwalden is in the process of introducing a flat rate tax on individual incomes, to be applied for the first time in the tax year 2008. The bill has passed the first... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 Nov 2007 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540184_text