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Italy: Legislation on Administrative Agency Coordination

(July 27, 2016) On July 3, 2016, new legislation entered into effect in Italy concerning an administrative coordinating mechanism known as a “conference of services” (conferenza di servizi), intended to simplify and expedite the procedures of such conferences.  (Legislative Decree No. 127 of June 30, 2016, Provisions for the Reorganization Concerning the Services Conference, Implementing Article 2 of […]

Italy: Legislation to Combat Corruption and Promote Transparency

(July 6, 2016) On June 23, 2016, new legislation on the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 97 of March 25, 2016, Review and Simplification of Provisions on the Prevention of Corruption and Promotion of Transparency, Correcting Law No. 190 of November 6, 2012, and Legislative Decree No. […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]

New Zealand: Review of Legislative Framework and Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies Completed

(Mar. 14, 2016) On March 9, 2016, the report of the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security was presented to New Zealand’s Parliament.  (Press Release, John Key, PM Welcomes Security and Intelligence Review (Mar. 9, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ; Michael Cullen & Patsy Reddy, Intelligence and Security in a Free Society: Report of the First Independent Review […]

Mongolia: Amendment to Controversial Amnesty Law Adopted

(Nov. 7, 2015) On October 29, 2015, Mongolia’s Parliament, the State Great Khural, adopted an amendment to the country’s new Law on Amnesty. The amending law took effect the same day. As a result of the law’s adoption, some 1,700 citizens will be released from prison. (The State Great Khural Finally Adopts Amnesty Law, INFOMONGOLIA.COM (last […]

Vanuatu: Fourteen Politicians Sentenced to Prison for Corruption

(Oct. 26, 2015) On October 22, 2015, the Vanuatu Supreme Court sentenced 14 sitting members of parliament (MPs), including the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister, to terms of imprisonment after their conviction on bribery and corruption charges.  (Vanuatu Court Sentences MPs, Including Former PMs Carasses and Vohor, to Jail for Corruption, ABC […]

Indonesia: Planned New Law on Corruption Commission Postponed

(Oct. 20, 2015) Indonesia’s House of Representatives and the executive branch of government have agreed to postpone a planned revision of the 2002 Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated in Indonesian as the KPK). (Govt, House Agree to Postpone KPK Law Revision, JAKARTA POST (Oct. 13, 2015); Undang-undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 30 Tahun 2002, […]

Indonesia: Planned E-Cigarette Ban Controversial

(Aug. 19, 2015) Indonesia’s Trade Minister, Rachmat Gobel, announced on May 18, 2015, that the government planned to ban sales of electronic cigarettes due to concern about the health impact of smoking such products, also known as vaping. (Linda Yulisman, RI Bans E-Cigarettes on Health Concerns, JAKARTA POST (May 19, 2015).) According to the head […]

China: Government Officials to Take Constitutional Oath

(July 27, 2015) On July 1, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted a decision requiring government officials to pledge allegiance to the PRC Constitution upon taking office. (Quanguo Renmin Dabiao Dahui Changwu Weiyuanhui Guanyu Shixing Xianfa Xuanshi Zhidu de Jueding [Decision of the […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]