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Chile: Law Permits Abortion on Three Grounds

(May 25, 2018) In September 2017, the Chilean National Congress passed a new law permitting abortion in some circumstances. (Ley 21030 que Regula la Despenalización de la Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo en Tres Causales [Law 21030 Regulating the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy on Three Grounds], DIARIO OFICIAL, Sept. 23, 2017, Library of the National Congress website.) […]

Chile: Information Sharing with Other Countries

(July 11, 2017) On June 21, 2017, the Chilean parliament passed Law 21016 on facilitatating sharing of information, government to government, with other countries. (Ley 21016 Facilita el Intercambio Recíproco de Información con Otros Países, DIARIO OFICIAL (DO) (June 21, 2017), available at the Library of Congress of Chile website.) The rationale behind this measure […]

Chile: Preventive Identification by Police Authorized

(Sept. 1, 2016) On July 5, 2016, the Chilean Congress passed Law 20931 on Easing the Effective Application of the Established Penalties for Robbery, Theft, and Receipt of Stolen Goods and Improving Criminal Prosecution of the Said Offenses. (Facilita la Aplicación Efectiva de las Penas Establecidas para los Delitos de Robo, Hurto y Receptación y […]

Chile: New Foreign Investment Regime

(Dec. 1, 2015) Law 20848, the New Foreign Investment Law (NFIL), is part of a new legal framework for foreign investment in Chile that supersedes the regime governed by Decree Law No. 600 of 1974. (Ley que Establece el Marco para la Inversión Extranjera Directa en Chile y Crea la Institucionalidad Respectiva, DIARIO OFICIAL (June 25, 2015), […]

Chile: New Foreign Investment Law Enacted

(June 23, 2015) On June 16, 2015, Chile enacted Law 20,780, on foreign investment. The law originated as Bill 9899-05 and was sent to the legislature by the administration on January 30, 2015. The new legislation replaces the statute on foreign investment enacted as Decree Law 600 of 1974, which will be abolished as of […]

Chile: Congress Approves Civil Unions Legislation

(Feb. 25, 2015) On January 28, 2015, both houses of Chile’s Congress approved legislation that would allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions, called Acuerdos de Unión Civil (AUC). The draft law is now awaiting President Michele Bachelet’s signature for promulgation. (Pablo Cádiz, Proyecto de Unión Civil Finaliza Su Trámite Legislativo y […]

Bolivia; Chile; International Court of Justice: Access to the Sea Case

(Apr. 25, 2014) On April 15, 2014, Bolivia submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum with arguments supporting its lawsuit filed against Chile for the purpose of reclaiming access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia lost that access to the coast in a 19th-century war with Chile, leaving it landlocked. Chile has stated […]

Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru: Trade Protocol Signed

(Feb. 18, 2014) The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance. The signing took place on February 10, 2014, at the closing ceremony of the 8th Pacific Alliance Summit, held in Cartagena de Indias, […]

Chile: Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Minors

(Aug. 27, 2012) On June 13, 2012, Law 20594 was passed to amend the Criminal Code to include disqualifications for individuals convicted of sexual crimes against minors. (Ley 20594 Crea Inhabilidades para Condenados por Delitos Sexuales Contra Menores y Establece Registro de Dichas Inhabilidades [Law 20594 Creating Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sexual Crimes Against […]

Chile: New Law Creates Environmental Courts

(Aug. 1, 2012) On June 18, 2012, Chile's legislature passed Law 20600 on the creation of new environmental courts, thereby granting the Superintendency of the Environment the power to prosecute environmental violations. (Law 20600 Creating Environmental Courts (June 18, 2012), DIARIO OFICIAL (July 28, 2012), Bibloteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile website.) The law creates […]