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Israel: Amendment Expands Compensation for Victims of Terrorist Acts Abroad

(May 1, 2017) On March 21, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation amending the Compensation for Victims of Hostile Actions Law.  (Compensation for Victims of Hostile Actions Law, 5730-1970 (the Law), SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] No. 600 p. 126, as amended; Compensation for Victims of Hostile Actions (Amendment No. […]

Kenya: Government’s Attempt to Close Refugee Camps Found Unconstitutional

(Mar. 8, 2017) On February 9, 2017, the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi found unconstitutional the government’s decisions to close the Dadaab refugee camp without first consulting stakeholders and to forcibly repatriate Somali refugees in the camp.  Judge John M. Mativo, who handed down the decision, also found the government’s […]

Netherlands: Two New Sets of Administrative Sanctions Proposed to Fight Terrorism

(June 2, 2016) On May 17, 2016, the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) passed a draft temporary law put forward by the Ministry of Security and Justice (MSJ) that imposes administrative sanctions to help further combat terrorist-related activities. The draft legislation, whose short title is the Temporary Law on Counterterrorism Administrative Measures, was passed […]

Vietnam: Heavier Fines for Illegal E-Commerce Activities

(Dec. 14, 2015) A new decree issued by Vietnam’s government on November 19, 2015, amends several articles of a 2013 decree that imposes penalties for administrative violations in connection with commercial activities, the manufacture of and trading in counterfeit or banned goods, and the protection of consumers’ interests.  The new decree punishes various acts that […]

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).) […]

China: Measures on Copyright Administrative Penalties to Be Revised

(Sept. 15, 2015) The National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China (NCAC) is considering a revision to the Measures for the Implementation of Copyright Administrative Penalties. A copy of the proposed new Measures was published on September 8, 2015, for solicitation of public opinions and comments. The review period will expire on September […]

Netherlands: Legislation on Compensation for Emotional Distress

(July 29, 2015) The Netherlands Minister for Security and Justice has submitted draft legislation to the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) to provide for compensation for emotional distress arising from serious accidents and crimes. The proposed law would compensate the next of kin of victims who have died, and the dependents of victims who […]

China; South Korea: Landmark Free Trade Agreement Signed

(June 11, 2015) On June 1, 2015, China and South Korea signed a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). (Brittany Felder, China, South Korea Sign Free Trade Agreement, PAPER CHASE (June 2, 2015).) The landmark document, which was finalized in November 2014, will eliminate tariffs on more than 90% of the two sides’ goods over the […]

Italy: Measures to Decrease Backlogs in Civil Proceedings

(Oct. 3, 2014) Recently adopted legislation in Italy seeks to clear the country’s considerable backlog of civil cases through a series of measures in the areas of attorney-client relationships, civil actions, family law proceedings, arbitration proceedings, summary proceedings, enforcement procedures, and the transfer of judges throughout the country. (Decree-Law No. 132, of September 12, 2014 […]

Italy: Abolition of Crime of “Illegal Immigration” and the Mare Nostrum Policy

(Sept. 24, 2014) In recent years, Italy has dealt with increased illegal immigration coming through its southern border through legislation and policy measures. One important piece of legislation this year abolished the crime of “illegal immigration.” Law No. 67 of 2014 delegates legislative powers to the Executive Branch to pass legislation amending the Italian criminal […]