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International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Mexico: Amendment Reforming National Security Law Approved

(Jan. 25, 2021) On December 15, 2020, the House of Representatives of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) in a plenary session approved an amendment to the National Security Law. The reform was approved with 329 votes in favor, 98 against, and 40 abstentions. The bill had already been approved by the Senate and, with […]

South Korea: Amended Law Criminalizes Sending Leaflets to North Korea by Balloon

(Jan. 19, 2021) On December 14, 2020, the South Korean National Assembly passed a bill to amend the Development of Inter-Korean Relations Act (Act No. 7763, Dec. 29, 2005). The amendment, Act No. 17763, was published in Gwanbo (official gazette) on December 29, 2020. The amendment added a provision that prohibits acts that violate an […]

Australia: New Legislative Framework for Federal Assessments of Arrangements between State or Territory Governments and Foreign Governments Receives Assent

(Dec. 17, 2020) On December 10, 2020, Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 (Cth) (the act) received assent, having been passed by the Commonwealth (i.e., federal) Parliament on December 3, 2020. A bill containing consequential amendments to other legislation was also passed on December 8 and received assent on December 10. According […]

United Arab Emirates: New Decree-Law Abolishes Law on Boycott of Israel

(Sept. 9, 2020) On August 29, 2020, the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued Federal Decree-Law No. 4 of 2020, abolishing Federal Law No. 15 of 1972 on the Boycott of the State of Israel. The abolishment of Law No. 15 of 1972 comes after the UAE […]

Russia: New Law Eliminates Requirement to Renounce Foreign Citizenship

(May 1, 2020) On April 24, 2020, the Russian government portal for legal information published the text of the newly adopted Law on Amending the Law on Citizenship. (Federal Law No. 134-FZ of April 24, 2020, Concerning the Simplification of the Procedure for Acquisition of Russian Citizenship.) The new law, which will enter into force […]

Sweden: Former Ambassador Charged with “Arbitrariness During Negotiations with a Foreign Power”

(Dec. 27, 2019) On December 9, 2019, the Swedish prosecutor charged former ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, with “arbitrariness during negotiations with a foreign power” (egenmäktighet vid förhandling med främmande makt), for conducting secret negotiations, without prior authorization from the Swedish Foreign Ministry, with parties that represented the Chinese government’s interest in relation to the […]

New Zealand: Court Orders Minister of Justice to Reconsider Extradition Request from China

(June 20, 2019) On June 11, 2019, the New Zealand Court of Appeal released its judgment (Kim v Minister of Justice [2019] NZCA 209) on an appeal of a High Court ruling in a consequential extradition case involving a man who is a citizen of the Republic of Korea and a New Zealand permanent resident. The […]