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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 […]

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 […]

Israel: Contracts Concluded for Book Publication Before Digital Era Do Not Extend to E-Books

(July 15, 2015) On May 19, 2015, the Tel Aviv District Court issued a declaratory judgement recognizing an heir’s rights to publication of a work created by her spouse’s father in an e-book format. Exclusive rights of publication of the work in a single book form had previously been transferred to the respondent, based on […]

Sweden: District Court Declares Drone Use Does Not Constitute Camera Surveillance

(May 1, 2015) On April 13, 2015, the Administrative District Court of Malmö announced that using a drone to take pictures of an outdoor public garden is not camera surveillance that requires a prior permit. (Jaqueline Balcer Bednarska, Foto med drönare är inte kameraövervakning – domstol upphäver länsstyrelsens beslut, DAGENS JURIDIK (Apr. 14, 2015).) The […]

Israel: Implementation of CERN Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 11, 2013, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law for the Implementation of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, 5774-2013. (Text [in Hebrew], Knesset website (last visited Nov. 13, 2013).) The passage of the Law enables Israel, which has been an associate member […]

Indonesia; Sweden: Cooperation on Sustainable Development Planned

(June 7, 2013) On May 28, 2013, during a visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to Sweden, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainable development of urban areas. The pact, signed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Swedish Trade Minister Eva Bjorling, stresses green city concepts. The signing was […]

Taiwan: Law on Research Using Human Subjects

(Jan. 23, 2012) On December 9, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a new law on the use of human subjects in research projects. Previously, research involving humans was governed by the non-binding Ethical Guidelines for Human Research, formulated by the Department of Health in 2007. (Taiwan Legislature Greenlights New Human Subject Research Law, TAIWAN TODAY (Dec. […]

Bangladesh: Information Technology Park to be Established

(Mar. 30, 2010) The Parliament of Bangladesh has passed a bill to establish an information technology park. Entitled the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authorities Bill 2010, the bill is part of a broader government initiative to encourage the development of the information technology industry in Bangladesh. The government said the bill will contribute to industrialization, increased […]

China: Statistics Law Revised to Crack Down on Falsifying Data

(July 9, 2009) On June 27, 2009, the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a revised Statistics Law. The law was first enacted in 1984 and revised once, in 1996. Effective from the first day of next year, the newly revised Statistics Law is expected to crack down on falsifying statistical data by […]

China: Permanent Membership in ISO Council

(Oct. 23, 2008) Thirty years after joining the International Organization for Standardization (known as the ISO), on October 17, 2008, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) became the organization's sixth permanent member of the 18-member ISO Council, which governs operations of the international body (the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is one of the other […]