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Argentina: Law Forbidding Pardons of Crimes Against Humanity

(Aug. 7, 2015) On July 1, 2015, Argentina’s Senate passed legislation that forbids pardons, amnesties, and the commutations of sentences for crimes against humanity. It became law with all the Senate political parties voting in favor of it. (Sancionaron Ley que Prohibe Indultos, Amnistias y Conmutación de Penas para Delitos de Lesa Humanidad [Law Prohibiting […]

Argentina: Reform of Code of Criminal Procedure

(Dec. 16, 2014) On December, 4, 2014, a proposal to reform the Code of Criminal Procedure, submitted to the legislature by the Executive branch of Argentina, was passed by the Congress. It passed mainly on the basis of the votes of the President’s party; the opposition voted almost unanimously against it. (Es Ley el Nuevo […]

Argentina: Proposal to Reform the Criminal Code

(Apr. 25, 2014) In March 2014, the Government of Argentina concluded a draft reform of the Penal Code (PC). (Cómo es el Proyecto Encargado por el Poder Ejecutivo para Reformar el Código Penal, INFOBAE (Mar. 3, 2014).) Proposed amendments to the PC include the reduction of prison sentences for a number of crimes such as […]

Argentina: New Law on Transgender Rights Approved

(May 16, 2012) On May 9, 2012, the Congress of Argentina passed a law that recognizes the right to gender identity based on an individual's own feelings. The free development of the individual's identity may include the alteration of the person's appearance or of his or her body functions through pharmacological or surgical means. (Ya […]

Argentina: Criminal Code Amendment to Include Femicide

(May 3, 2012) On April 18, 2012, Argentina's Cámara de Diputados (the lower house of the country's Congress) approved, by unanimous vote, a bill that amends the Criminal Code (Código Penal de la Nación Argentina, Law No. 11.179 of 1984, art. 80, INFOLEG) to include femicide as an aggravated type of homicide. The proposed amendment […]

Argentina: Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

(Mar. 16, 2012) On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina rendered a decision in the case of an abortion performed on a 15-year-old adolescent, who became pregnant after being abused by her stepfather. (Fallo 259, CSJN [Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación] (Mar. 13, 2012), FSAL [the petitioner] s. /Medida Autosatisfactiva). In […]

Argentina: Bill Penalizes “Grooming” of Minors on the Internet

(Feb. 8, 2012) On November 2, 2011, the Senate of Argentina approved and sent to the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies) for further debate a bill that penalizes contact with minors through the Internet for sexual purposes, also known as “grooming” of children through the Internet. (Gustavo Ybarra, El Senado Tipificó como Delito el […]

Argentina: Draft Legislation on Limitation of Farmland Ownership by Foreigners

(Sept. 28, 2011) President Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina has submitted draft legislation to that country's Congress that would limit land ownership by foreigners. (Protección al Dominio Nacional Sobre la Propiedad, Posesión o Tenencia de lasTierras Rurales [Law for the Protection of the National Ownership, Possession and Holdings of Rural Land] (hereinafter draft LT), Proyecto […]

Argentina: Criminal Code Amended to Include Money Laundering

(July 20, 2011) On June 17, 2011, the legislature of Argentina passed Law 26683 to amend the Criminal Code in order to update the criminal treatment of money laundering (BOLETIN OFICIAL (June 21, 2011) (official site)). The new Law was adopted in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body […]

Argentina; Chile: Integration Treaty Enters into Force

(Feb. 18, 2010) The Treaty of Maipú for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two countries on October 30, 2009, and entered into force on January 22, 2010. The purpose of […]