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Colombia: New Law Mandates Loss of Right to Inherit in Cases of Abuse or Neglect of Relatives

(June 13, 2018) On May 30, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1893 to punish children who abuse, abandon, or engage in questionable practices toward their parents by nullifying the children’s right to their parents’ inheritance. (Hijos maltratadores no podrán heredar: nueva ley de la República, EL ESPECTADOR (May 30, 2018).) Senator Roy Barreras, who […]

Colombia: President Promulgates Reform of Youth Citizenship Statute

(June 13, 2018) On March 1, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1885 of 2018 on Reforming the Statute on Youth Citizenship (Law 1622 of 2013). The new Law creates a political electoral system allowing youth between fourteen and twenty-eight years old to elect members of and be elected to municipal youth councils. Under […]

Colombia/Mexico/United States: Joint Strategy on Transnational Crime

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 6–7, 2017, the attorneys general of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goal was to “renew the existing commitment to international judicial cooperation and to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.” (Press Release, US Department of […]

Colombia: Law on Presumptive Organ Donation

(Sept. 6, 2016) On August 4, 2016, Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, promulgated a new law on organ donations. (Ley 1805 Modifica la Ley 73 de 1988 y la Ley 919 de 2004 en Materia de Donación de Componentes Anatómicos y se Dictan Otras Disposiciones [Law 1805, Amending Law 73 of 1988 and Law 919 […]

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, […]

Colombia: Congress Approves Framework Law for Peace

(June 25, 2012) On June 14, 2012, Colombia's Congress approved a constitutional amendment that provides the legal framework for peace talks with leftist guerrilla groups. This process would give legal benefits to demobilized members of guerrilla and paramilitary groups. (Marco para la Paz Aprobado en Conciliación en Cámara y Senado, EL ESPECTADOR (June 19, 2012).) […]

Colombia: Amendments to Electoral Code

(Sept. 9, 2011) The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envía Nuevo Código Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA MSN (Aug. 30, 2011).) The bill includes several major changes to the current electoral law, including: • […]

Colombia; United States: Free Trade Agreement and Labor Issues

(Aug. 4, 2011) The United States and Colombia have negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) whose ratification has been pending in the U.S. Congress since 2006. The suspended ratification of this FTA with Colombia can be attributed in some degree to political opposition from unions and human rights groups. The opposition is fundamentally based on […]

Colombia: Recognition of Aboriginal Languages

(Sept. 1, 2010) On January 25, 2010, Colombia adopted Law 1381, which develops and regulates certain provisions of the Political Constitution and of Law 21 of 1991, which had approved Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries. Law 1381 regulates the recognition, promotion, protection, use, preservation, and […]

Colombia: Individual Insolvency Law

(Sept. 1, 2010) Colombia's Law 1380 of January 25, 2010, establishes the insolvency regimen for natural persons (with the exception of merchants). This new insolvency regime allows debtors who are Colombian residents to negotiate any type of debt with their creditors in a non-judicial, conciliation procedure. Alimony obligations are the only exception to this benefit. […]