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Ukraine: Legislature Adopts Language Law

(May 13, 2019) On April 25, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s legislature) adopted a law enhancing the role of Ukrainian as a state language. (Proekt Zakonu Pro Zabespechennya Funktsionuvannya Ukrainskoi Movi Yak Derzhavnoi [Law on Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language], Verkhovna Rada website (scroll down and click “Tekst zakonoproektu […]

Mexico: Constitutional Amendment on National Guard Enacted

(May 8, 2019) On March 26, 2019, the Mexican government published a constitutional amendment that provides for the creation of Mexico’s National Guard. (Decreto el que se reforman, adicionan y derogan diversas disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, en materia de Guardia Nacional [Decree Amending the Constitution in the Matter of […]

Finland: Parliament Revokes Law Exempting Jehovah’s Witnesses from Mandatory Military Service

(Apr. 18, 2019) On February 27, 2019, the Finnish Parliament voted to amend its mandatory military service law by revoking a more than thirty-year-old exemption for Jehovah’s Witnesses from basic military training. (Item in the Minutes PR 166/2018 rd, Government Bill for Parliament with Proposed Laws on Revoking the Act Exempting Jehovah’s Witnesses from Performing […]

Singapore: Payment Services Act Passed, Regulating Cryptocurrency Dealing or Exchange Services

(Apr. 17, 2019) On January 14, 2019, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Payment Services Act, bringing cryptocurrency dealing or exchange services under the supervision of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and financial regulator. (Payment Services Act 2019, No. 2 of 2019 (Jan. 14, 2019, assented to by the President […]

Israel: Law on Freezing Revenues Designated for the Palestinian Authority Implemented

(Mar. 27, 2019) On February 17, 2019, the Israeli Defense Cabinet reportedly decided to deduct 500 million new Israeli shekels (about US$138.2 million) from the revenues transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the basis of Israeli domestic legislation for implementing the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement (the Paris Protocol). (Noa Landau  & Jack Khoury, Israel Freezes […]

Argentina: New Requirement Adopted for Foreigners Seeking Permanent Residence

(Mar. 25, 2019) On March 1, 2019, the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (National Directorate on Immigration) adopted a measure requiring that foreigners who apply for permanent residence in Argentina prove they have had no criminal record during the ten years prior to their application. The new provision constitutes a seven-year increase over the previous requirement. […]

Mexico: Lower House of Congress Approves Reform to Create a National Guard

(Jan. 28, 2019) In a plenary session held on January 16, 2019, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approved a constitutional amendment for the creation of a National Guard. The amendment was approved after nine hours of debate, with 348 votes in favor, 108 votes against, and 10 abstentions. (David Vicenteño y Héctor Figueroa, Deputies Approve Creation […]

Taiwan: Money Laundering Control Act Amended, Regulating Virtual Currency Platforms

(Jan. 22, 2019) On November 7, 2018, Taiwan’s Money Laundering Control Act was amended to strengthen the legal compliance requirements for the internal control and auditing of financial institutions and to include virtual currency platforms within the regulatory scope of the Act. (Money Laundering Control Act (enacted Oct. 23, 1996, last amended Nov. 7, 2018), […]

China: Criminal Procedure Law Amended to Allow Criminal Trials in Absentia in Corruption Cases

(Jan. 10, 2019) On October 26, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) passed an amendment to the PRC Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). Among other things, the new CPL allows criminal trials in absentia particularly in corruption and bribery cases in which the […]

United States: Federal Appellate Court Rejects Suit to Hold Bank Liable for Soldier’s Death by Iranian Explosive in Iraq

(Jan. 2, 2019) The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss plaintiff Rhonda Kemper’s complaint against Deutsche Bank (the Bank) for failure to state a claim under 18 U.S.C. § 2333, commonly referred to in judicial opinions as the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). (Kemper v. Deutsche Bank […]