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Netherlands/United States: MoU on Strengthening Criminal Justice in Caribbean

(June 17, 2016) On June 2, 2016, the Attorney General of the United States, Loretta E. Lynch, and the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ard van der Steur, along with the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on enhancing cooperation and strengthening law enforcement […]

North Korea: Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Law Adopted

(May 19, 2016) On April 20, 2016, the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued a decree on the adoption of the Law on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism. The Law has 40 articles divided among six chapters.  (Revision: KCNA: North Korea Adopts New Law […]

Taiwan/United States: Support for Taiwan’s Interpol Participation

(May 6, 2016) On March 18, 2016, President Obama signed into law a bill aimed at enabling Taiwan to gain observer status in “the International Criminal Police Organization [Interpol], and for other purposes.” (A Bill to Direct the Secretary of State to Develop a Strategy to Obtain Observer Status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police […]

Macao/WTO: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

(Apr. 18, 2016) On April 11, 2016, Macao, China deposited with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of acceptance of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 72nd WTO Member State to ratify the Agreement.  The TFA will enter into force upon ratification by two-thirds of the WTO Member States, or […]

Mexico: Bill on Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

(Apr. 8, 2016) In February 2016, a bill was introduced in Mexico’s House of Representatives aimed at amending article 21, paragraph 8, of the Mexican Constitution, which governs the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Mexico. (Iniciativa que reforma el artículo 21 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, suscrita por […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]

Ivory Coast: Former First Lady to Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 30, 2016) The former first lady of the Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, is facing a charge of crimes against humanity, with a trial scheduled for April 25, 2016. Ghagbo has already been given a sentence of 20 years of imprisonment for attacking state authority, a charge that stemmed from the disputed elections and the […]

Italy: Decree to Implement European Legislation on Cooperation for Recognition of Professional Degrees

(Mar. 15, 2016) On January 28, 2016, Italy passed new legislation aimed at increasing administrative cooperation for the mutual recognition of academic degrees at the European Union level. (Legislative Decree No. 15 Implementing Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Amending Directive 2005/36/EC, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and Regulation (EU) […]

Sri Lanka: Plans to Accede to Landmine Treaty

(Mar. 7, 2016) Sri Lanka’s Cabinet ministers, meeting on March 3, 2016, approved the country’s accession to the Land Mine Convention, also known as the Ottawa Convention, which bans the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel mines. Sri Lanka will be the 163rd country to become a State Party to the Convention.  (Sri Lanka […]

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 […]