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UN: Call to Include Human Rights Provisions in Trade Agreements and Dispute Resolution

(Sept. 27, 2016) On September 13, 2016, the United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Alfred de Zayas, called for all future trade agreements to include provisions extolling the primary importance of human rights. He also said that the treaties should be aligned with the duty that states […]

Brazil: State Tribunal and State Government Sign Agreement to Promote Conciliation

(Sept. 15, 2016) The Justice Tribunal of the State of Minas Gerais and the State Secretariat of Health of Minas Gerais, on August 18, 2016, signed a technical cooperation agreement (termo de cooperação técnica) to promote conciliation procedures involving complaints related to public health.  The agreement was in compliance with the National Judicial Policy on Proper […]

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 […]

Argentina: Universal Health Coverage Plan

(Sept. 2, 2016) On August 2, 2016, Argentina’s Ministry of Health issued Decree No. 908, which creates a Plan for Universal Health Care (PUHC) aimed at improving the quality of primary health care services, developing and modernizing the Integrated Networks of Health Care Services by providing advanced equipment to the public health care system, and promoting and protecting preventive […]

New Zealand: Government Consulting on Proposed Patent Term Extension Regulations

(July 15, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the New Zealand Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Paul Goldsmith, announced the release of a consultation document on proposed regulations for patent term extensions.  (Press Release, Paul Goldsmith, Consultation on Patent Term Extensions (July 11, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.) The regulations will implement specific intellectual property provisions in the […]

Israel: New Rules on Medical Care of a Minor Victimized by Parent

(June 14, 2016) On March 29, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Patient’s Rights Law that obviates the need for parental consent and delivery of medical information in certain cases of the medical treatment of minors. (Patient’s Rights Law (Amendment No. 9), 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the […]

Israel: Law Prohibiting Human Cloning Amended

(June 7, 2016) On May 23, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) (Amendment No. 3), 5776- 2016. (Amendment Law, Knesset website (in Hebrew).) The Amendment Law amends the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) Law 5759-1999.  […]

Japan: Basic Act on Suicide Prevention Amended

(June 7, 2016) Japan’s Basic Act on Suicide Prevention was amended on March 30, 2016; the amendment act became effective on April 1, 2016. (Act to Amend Basic Act on Suicide Prevention, Act No. 11 of 2016.) The amended Act obligates municipalities, in addition to prefecture governments, to establish suicide prevention plans. (Act on Suicide […]

New Zealand: Draft Regulations on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Released

(June 2, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations, Ministry of Health website (May 31, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment […]

Nepal: Immunization Law Adopted

(May 24, 2016) On January 26, 2016, Nepal’s President, Bidya Devi Bhandari, signed into law legislation on immunization. According to the Sabine Vaccine Institute, the new law is “a landmark piece of legislation that will make the country’s national immunization program more financially sustainable as new, costlier vaccines are introduced.”  (Nepal Enacts Bill to Strengthen […]