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United Kingdom: Bill Introduces New Agency for Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

(Apr. 8, 2021) On March 2, 2021, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill. The bill provides for the establishment of an independent agency known as the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) and sets out the legislative framework that details how the agency should be governed. […]

United Kingdom: Government Publishes Public Consultation on Environmental Impact of Commercial Spaceflight

(Mar. 2, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the United Kingdom’s government published a consultation (survey) seeking the public’s opinion about the environmental objectives the U.K.’s spaceflight regulator must consider when determining whether to grant a spaceport or launch operator license, along with guidance on how the regulator must implement these objectives. The government acknowledges both […]

Qatar: New Cabinet Resolution Regulating Real Estate Ownership by Foreign Nationals

(Jan. 5, 2021) On October 6, 2020, Qatar’s Ministry of Justice announced the establishment of the Office for Non-Qatari Real Estate Ownership. The main objective of this office is to provide foreign nationals who want to reside or invest in the state of Qatar with all the necessary requirements for the purchase and sale of […]

Algeria: National Bank Officially Launches Islamic Banking

(Nov. 23, 2020) On August 4, 2020, Algeria’s National Bank officially launched Islamic banking as the first state-owned bank to practice Islamic banking services in Algeria. The launching of Islamic banking on the level of state-owned banks is in accordance with the government’s efforts to establish a more effective and diversified national financial market. The […]

Ecuador: Humanitarian Support Law Enacted to Address COVID-19 Economic Emergency

(Sept. 21, 2020) The Organic Law on Humanitarian Support, enacted on June 22, 2020, declares COVID-19 an economic emergency in Ecuador and seeks to mitigate the health, economic, and social crises it has caused. The Law includes a provision on the termination of employment relationships due to unforeseeable circumstances or a force majeure. Other key […]

Italy: Urgent Economic Measures Adopted in Response to COVID-19 Damage

(Sept. 18, 2020) A law approving urgent measures for the support and revitalization of the national economy in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic entered into force in Italy on August 15, 2020. Decree-Law No. 104 of August 14, 2020 provides additional aid to employers, bonuses for workers in certain sectors, special […]

Japan: “Super City” Law Enacted

(Aug. 18, 2020) On June 3, 2020, the Act to Amend the National Strategic Special Zone Act, nicknamed the “Super City Act,” was published in Japan’s official gazette. (Act No. 34 of 2020, Kanpou Extra No. 109 of 2020.) Background The National Strategic Special Zones Act was enacted in 2013. It created a system to […]

Brazil: Government Creates Amazon Council to Protect Amazon Region

(Feb. 19, 2020) On January 22, 2020, during a meeting of the Council of Government, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of the Amazon Council and an Environmental Task Force to devise plans and actions for protecting, defending, and sustainably developing Brazilian forestry. Bolsonaro explained that the Council would be coordinated by Vice President […]

Australia: Court Includes Climate Impact in Grounds for Upholding Rejection of New Coal Mine

(Feb. 27, 2019) On February 8, 2019, the New South Wales (NSW) Land and Environment Court issued a ruling in which it dismissed an appeal from a mining company against a NSW government decision refusing to grant the company approval to establish a new open-cut coal mine. (Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] […]