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Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Brazil: Requirements to Legalize Foreign Documents Will Soon Be Abolished

(Jan. 21, 2016) On January 18, 2016, the National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça – CNJ) announced that it will be responsible for coordinating and regulating the application of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) in Brazil. Brazil approved the text of the Apostille Convention […]

Aruba: New Administrative Penalty Scheme for Late Tax Payment and for Payroll Reporting Failures

(Jan. 11, 2016) It was reported on December 31, 2016, that as of January 1, 2016, the tax administration of Aruba would inaugurate a new policy on administrative penalties for late payment of taxes. (René Offermanns, Aruba: 2016 Policy on Administrative Penalties Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Dec. 31, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online […]

Taiwan: Rules Relaxed for Rendering of Foreign Names in Chinese for Official Purposes

(Dec. 24, 2015) Under a recent amendment to the Detailed Rules of Enforcement of the Name Act, foreigners will now be permitted to use a phonetic translation of their names in applying for Republic of China (ROC) citizenship or in registering their marriage to a Taiwan national. (Jake Chung, Foreign Name Rules Relaxed for IDs, […]

Belarus; Russia: Additional Measures to Improve Debt Collection

(Dec. 2, 2015) On November 28, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law amendments to varied legal acts addressing procedures for collecting debts owed by non-bona-fide debtors. (Federal Law No. 340-FZ on Amending the Federal Law on Enforcement Proceedings and Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation (Nov. 28, 2015), PRAVO.GOV.RU (official publication) (in Russian).) […]

New Zealand: New Rules on Drones Come into Effect

(July 31, 2015) On August 1, 2015, new and amended Civil Aviation Rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) came into effect in New Zealand. The rules, which were developed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, were approved by the Associate Minister of Transport […]

Egypt: Decree Enhancing President’s Powers Challenged Before Constitutional Court

(July 30, 2015) On July 27, 2015, lawyers representing the Egyptian Central Auditing Organization, a government body legally assigned to audit the budget, public funds, and expenses of other government agencies, including the office of the presidency, filed a lawsuit before the Supreme Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of a decree issued by President Abdel […]

Taiwan: Drone Regulations to Be Revised

(July 30, 2015) Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced on July 23, 2015, that a revision of Taiwan laws on the licensing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and camera drones will be completed by mid-September. The new measures will establish a regulatory framework that, among other features, will provide for a coordinated response […]

China: Nationwide Real Estate Registration Rules Entered into Effect

(July 7, 2015) On March 1, 2015, the Provisional Regulations on Real Estate Registration went into effect. The Regulations aim to establish a nationwide real estate registration system in China. (Budongchan Dengji Zanxing Tiaoli [Provisional Regulations on Real Estate Registration] (promulgated by the State Council on Nov. 24, 2014, effective Mar. 1, 2015), State Council […]

Russia: Commercial and Private Drones to Be Outlawed in Moscow

(June 25, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation passed at the first reading amendments to the country’s Air Code, which, upon their adoption, will establish regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (Bill No. 752189-6 on Amending the Air Code of the Russian Federation […]