Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Taipei Ban on Election Banners and Flags http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404121_text Elections and politics; Freedom of speech; Marketing and advertising - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404121_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Law on Food Safety Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403855_text Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Food labeling; Food safety; Genetically modified foods; Health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403855_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Cross-Border Prisoner Transfer Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403721_text Crime and law enforcement; International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403721_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403642_text International affairs; Foreign trade and international finance - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403642_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403590_text Tobacco and smoking - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403590_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan; Taiwan: Landmark Fishing Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403553_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403553_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; Thailand: Agreement to Fight Economic Crime Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403463_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403463_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Stiffer Drunk Driving Provisions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403461_text Driving while intoxicated - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403461_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Extensively Amended Patent Act Becomes Effective http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403444_text Intellectual property - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403444_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Amendment to Criminal Code on Child Abuse http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403428_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403428_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; Thailand: Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403423_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403423_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Draft Law on National Land Planning Submitted to Cabinet http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403401_text Natural resources - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403401_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand; Taiwan: Joint Venture Capital Investment Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403374_text Investments - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403374_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia; Taiwan: Agreement to Combat Human Trafficking http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403360_text Human trafficking - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403360_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Increase in Minimum Hourly Wage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403347_text Labor - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403347_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Membership in South Pacific Fisheries Organization http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403343_text Natural resources - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403343_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403278_text Labor - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403278_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Acts on Nuclear Damage http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403129_text Disasters - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403129_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposed Changes to Data Protection Act http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403119_text Right of privacy - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403119_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Capital Gains Tax Proposal http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403121_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403121_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Efforts to Expedite Patent Processing http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403068_text Intellectual property - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403068_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: More Mainland Chinese Investment to Be Permitted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403044_text Investments - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403044_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Call for Amendment of Domestic Laws to Conform with Human Rights Covenants http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403031_text Human rights - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403031_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Cabinet Submits 53 Priority Draft Proposals to the Legislature http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403005_text Legal systems - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403005_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Law on Research Using Human Subjects http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402951_text Science and technology - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402951_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Judges Evaluation Committee Operational as Part of New Judges Act http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402938_text Judges - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402938_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Minimum Wage Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402770_text Labor - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402770_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Law on Removal of Judges Adopted, But Dinosaur Judges Might Not Become Extinct http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402737_text Judges - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402737_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Law Implementing CEDAW Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402689_text Women's rights - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402689_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Anti-Corruption Agency Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402627_text Government ethics and transparency - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402627_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Regulations Eased on Childcare Center Locations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402608_text Children - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402608_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Safety Precautions Instituted in Light of Fukushima Crisis http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402577_text Energy - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402577_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Rules on Investment by China in Domestic Companies Eased http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402574_text Investments - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402574_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Luxury Tax Proposed by Ministry of Finance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402554_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402554_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Provisions on "Do Not Resuscitate" Orders Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402518_text Death and dying - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402518_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendments to Immigration Act Proposed to Ease Overseas Nationals' Obtaining ID Cards http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402485_text Immigration and nationality - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402485_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Legislature Considers Draft Law Aimed at Improving Quality of Judges http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402474_text Judges - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402474_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendment of National Health Insurance Act http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402468_text Health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402468_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Lawsuit over Election Law Violations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402419_text Elections and politics - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402419_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Appliance Dealers' Recycling Fees to Be Banned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402416_text Environmental protection - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402416_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Geology Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402398_text Workers safety and health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402398_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Act on Breastfeeding in Public Places Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402374_text Families - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402374_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Milestone Proposal on Indigenous Peoples' Self-Governance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402283_text Native peoples - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals'... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402283_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Interim Cap-and-Trade Related Programs Introduced as Law Awaits Enactment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402265_text Environmental protection - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402265_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland; Taiwan: Against ISO over Request for Country Name Change Declined http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia; Taiwan: MOU on Green Energy Industries and Technology http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402209_text Environmental protection - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402209_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Government Plan to Focus on Solar Energy Development http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402166_text Energy - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402166_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Anti-Corruption Agency Planned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402153_text Government ethics and transparency - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402153_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Corporate Income Tax Reduced to 17% http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402066_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402066_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Labor Union Law Amended, Giving Teachers Right to Unionize http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402039_text Labor - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402039_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Draft Bill on Research Involving Human Subjects http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402030_text Workers safety and health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402030_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposal to Increase Punishments for Pedophilia http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402011_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 27 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402011_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Policy of Government Repurchase of Tendered State-Owned Land http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402000_text Property - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 24 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402000_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Tax-Exempt Status for Military, Teaching Professionals May Be Abolished http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401983_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401983_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Bill on Speedy Trials Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401971_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 11 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401971_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendment to Privacy Law Adopted by Legislature http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401962_text Communications - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401962_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Law on Industrial Innovation Adopted in Place of Expired Statute for Upgrading Industries http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401939_text Commerce - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401939_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Preferential Tax Measures for Foreign Businesses in FTZs http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401903_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401903_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Human Biological Database Management Statute Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401844_text Workers safety and health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401844_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendment to Criminal Law Provides "Exclusion Clause" for Fulfillment of Filial Obligations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401829_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401829_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Three Economic Cooperation Agreements Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401753_text Foreign trade and international finance - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401753_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: New Tax Withholding Rates for Non-Residents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401755_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401755_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: System of No Capital Gains Tax Remains in Effect http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401747_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401747_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: South Pacific Fishery Pact Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401734_text Natural resources - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401734_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Constitutional Court Finds Law on Prostitution Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401681_text Constitution - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401681_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Financial MOUs Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401680_text Banks and financial institutions - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401680_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Shared Electronic Database for Health Records http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401638_text Workers safety and health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401638_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposed Railway Act Amendments Would Expand Law's Scope, Incorporate Provisions on Compensation for Delays http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401605_text Transportation and public works - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401605_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Former President Given Life Sentence on Charges of Corruption http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401595_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401595_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Fingerprinting on Administrative and Criminal Case Forms Discontinued http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401588_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401588_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Agreement on Fishing Cooperation Discussed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401574_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401574_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Renewable Energy Law and Amendment of Energy Management Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401512_text Energy - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401512_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Wildlife Conservation Law Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401505_text Natural resources - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401505_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Move to Better Protect Right to Fair and Expeditious Criminal Trial http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401488_text Crime and law enforcement - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401488_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Clampdown on Sale of Black Market Mobile Phones http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401461_text Communications - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401461_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: E-Book Industry to Be Promoted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401431_text Communications - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401431_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; World Trade Organization: Accession to Global Government Procurement Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401395_text Economics and Public Finance - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401395_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposal for New Energy and Environment Taxes to Begin 2011 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401383_text Environmental protection - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401383_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; World Health Organization: 'Chinese Taipei' Listed Separately on Swine Flu Global Updates http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401367_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401367_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendment Closes Loophole on the Underage Patronizing Video Arcades During Prohibited Hours http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401370_text Children - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401370_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Amendments to Energy Law Adopted to Heighten Compliance with Energy Efficiency Requirements http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401361_text Energy - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401361_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Draft Bill on Pensions for Private School Employees http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401332_text Labor - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401332_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Divorce Through Court Mediation Now an Option http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401328_text Families - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401328_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Agreements on Regular Flights, Financial Cooperation, Judicial Cooperation Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401274_text International affairs - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401274_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Proposed Amendment to Teachers Act Addresses on Sexual Assaults http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401267_text Education - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 04 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401267_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Regulation of Stem Cell Preservation Businesses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401251_text Workers safety and health - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401251_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Two International Human Rights Covenants Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401218_text Human rights - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401218_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Parts of Detention Law Held Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401192_text Constitution - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 07 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401192_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Statute on Women's Families in Dire Straits Amended to Expand Scope of Application http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401170_text Social Welfare - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401170_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: First Quadrennial Defense Review Submitted to Legislature http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401163_text Armed forces and national security - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401163_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Stimulus Plan to Expand Public Construction http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401143_text Economics and Public Finance - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Special Statute for Revitalizing the Economy and Expanding Public Construction was promulgated, in 17 articles. It will remain in effect until December 31, 2012. The goals of the Statute, which was... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401143_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Government Subsidy for New Franchises, to Help Battle Unemployment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401021_text Commerce - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Special Statute for Revitalizing the Economy and Expanding Public Construction was promulgated, in 17 articles. It will remain in effect until December 31, 2012. The goals of the Statute, which was On February 9, 2009, in a move aimed at combating rising unemployment, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) launched the New Store Major Subsidy Plan for persons seeking to establish their own franchise or chain store... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401021_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Exemption from Business Profit Tax for New or Expanding Companies from July-December 2009 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401008_text Taxation - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Special Statute for Revitalizing the Economy and Expanding Public Construction was promulgated, in 17 articles. It will remain in effect until December 31, 2012. The goals of the Statute, which was On February 9, 2009, in a move aimed at combating rising unemployment, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) launched the New Store Major Subsidy Plan for persons seeking to establish their own franchise or chain store Taiwan's Statute for Upgrading Industries (promulgated on December 29, 1990), was amended on January 23, 2009. Article 9-2 now specifies that a newly incorporated company or a company being expanded by means of a capital increase... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401008_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Permanent Residence More Accessible to Certain Stateless Persons and Others http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401009_text Immigration and nationality - As of August 29, 2014, Taipei City imposed a ban on the promotional banners and flags typically displayed during election campaigns in Taiwan. The purpose of the ban is to minimize visual pollution and achieve, in On January 28, 2014, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), "[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan's legal framework for On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried On January 14, 2013, Taiwan's legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan's Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed On October 30, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, On October 3, 2012, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating trafficking in human beings took effect between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has approved a proposal put forward by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to increase the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan from NT$103 (about US$3.50) to NT$109 (about US$3.71). The raise is The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan's minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on 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 Taiwan's Judicial Yuan, its highest judicial organ, announced on January 5, 2012, that the new evaluation mechanism for judges, based on the Judges Act adopted last June, would take effect on January 6, 2012. The Judges On July 21, 2011, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced its decision on a proposal to increase Taiwan's monthly minimum wage by 5.03%. If approved by Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet), the increase from NT$17,880 (about On June 14, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a controversial Judges Act (Fa-kuan fa) that creates a mechanism for removal from office of incompetent judges. The 103-article Act has been in the making for 23 years, but On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. On April 1, 2011, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest legislative body, passed the Ministry of Justice Anti-Corruption Administration Organic Act. The date of entry into force of the Act will be determined by the Executive Yuan As a result of a decision issued by Taiwan's Ministry of Interior on March 24, 2011, easing measures that restricted the sites where childcare facilities could be established, the number of such businesses is likely to On March 15, 2011, as part of its response to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis, Taiwan's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) installed a radiation detector at Songshan airport to screen passengers arriving from Japan. Installation of the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) issued new rules on March 2, 2011, that ease restrictions on investment from mainland China in 42 additional sectors, including 25 manufacturing, 8 services, and 9 public construction sectors. The It was reported on February 25, 2011, that Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) is drafting a proposed "luxury tax" bill, the draft Statute for Special Commodity and Service Tax (T'e-chung huo-wu chi lao-wu shui t'iao-li), with On January 26, 2011, an amendment to Taiwan's Hospice Palliative Care Act was promulgated. The most significant change is that the amended law enables doctors to observe, without the need for the original signed document, the It was reported on January 19, 2011, that the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD), an advisory body to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet), has proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, whereby overseas-born Republic of China It was reported on January 6, 2011, that a draft Judges Act aimed at promoting judicial probity by providing a mechanism for evaluating individual judges and dismissing those with poor performance records has passed a first On January 4, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted controversial amendments to the National Health Insurance Act, after opposition Democratic People's Party (DPP) legislators walked out in protest following the rejection by the "pan-blue"-dominated body of the DPP On December 8, 2010, the main opposition party in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), announced that it will sue four members of the ruling party, the Kuomintang (Nationalists, or KMT), for It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has drafted revisions to the relevant laws on recycling of appliances that will ban retailers from charging consumers a fee for the removal Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Governing Breastfeeding in Public Places on November 9, 2010. The 13-article Statute protects the right to breastfeed in public by stipulating the establishment, within one year of the Statute's promulgation, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' On September 10, 2010, Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration announced the implementation of measures aimed at encouraging domestic companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. The measures are set forth in the "Executive Yuan [Cabinet] Environmental Protection Agency The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, On August 31, 2010, Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing more extensive bilateral cooperation to promote green energy industries and technologies. It is the first agreement of its kind between the two Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) announced on July 21, 2010, that it will support development of the photovoltaic industry ahead of all other forms of alternative energy. The measures it has already formulated Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, announced on July 20, 2010, that a new agency devoted to combating government corruption would be established under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). He indicated that it would not be modeled after On June 15, 2010, an amendment to Taiwan's Income Tax Act was published that reduced the corporate income tax rate from 20% to 17%. (Text of the amendment [in Chinese], 6927 TSUNG-T'UNG Fu KUNG-PAO [Gazette of On June 1, 2010, the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (or Taiwan) approved amendments to Taiwan's Labor Union Law that, in conjunction with the 2008 amended Collective Bargaining Agreement Law and 2009 amended Settlement On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of A recently proposed draft amendment to Taiwan's Sexual Assault Prevention Act would incorporate provisions in the act similar to Florida's 2005 "Jessica's Law" in the United States. "Jessica's Law" (the informal name of legislation named after Taiwan's National Property Administration (NPA), under the Ministry of Finance, has issued new rules on the repurchase of formerly state-owned, non-public use land in Taipei and Taipei County, applicable as of May 13, 2010, whereby the On May 10, 2010, a bill first tabled in 2002 that prescribes cancellation of the current exemption from income tax of active military personnel and teaching professionals passed its first reading in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. If Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Law on Swift Criminal Trial on April 23, 2010, in 14 articles. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that criminal defendants receive a speedy and fair trial. The Law On April 27, 2010, Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the 1995 Computer-Processed Personal Data Protection Law (Tien-nao ch'u-li ke-jen tzu-liao pao-hu fa). Under the proposed amendment, the Law's name will change to simply the Personal Data On April 16, 2010, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan adopted the Statute for Industrial Innovation, which will take the place of the expired Statute for Upgrading Industries. Under the new law, the government will be able to encourage On March 25, 2010, Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced new measures that permit foreign firms or their branch companies that conduct warehousing or simple processing operations in Taiwan's free trade zones (FTZs) and Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On January 27, 2010, amendments to the Criminal Law were published in Taiwan's official gazette. The key amendment, a new article 294-1, sets forth circumstances exempting from criminal punishment someone who under the Civil Code has On December 22, 2009, China and Taiwan signed three agreements to further bilateral economic cooperation andmdash; on fishing crew cooperation; agricultural quarantine inspection; and industrial product standards, inspection, and certification. Representatives of the two sides also Taiwan's Ministry of Finance announced on October 28, 2009, new, generally lower, withholding tax rates, to take effect on January 1, 2010, under the revised Standards of Withholding Tax Rates for Various Types of Income (first The Tax Reform Committee (TRC) of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) reached agreement on December 22, 2009, to maintain "for the time being" the system of tax-free capital gains for individuals and corporations. However, the TRC decided It was reported on December 7, 2009, that as a "fishing entity" using the name "Chinese Taipei," Taiwan has joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. According to the Deputy Director-General of the Taiwan Council On November 6, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the Social Order and Maintenance Act (of June 29, 1991) is unconstitutional because it undermines the guaranteed right of equality under the Constitution (art. 7) by prescribing It was announced on November 16, 2009, that mainland China and Taiwan (the terms of address used in the documents) have signed three memoranda of understanding (MOUs) on banking, insurance, and securities. The MOUs, to take On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 1, 2009, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved amendments to the Railway Act that, among other changes, would expand the law's coverage from primarily state-run railways to privately run lines. That change in turn would On September 11, 2009, Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, and his wife, Wu Shu-jen, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Taipei District Court, in a 1,415-page verdict (more than half of which comprises appended tables As of August 1, 2009, Taiwan's National Police Agency (NPA) has cancelled the practice of requiring fingerprints on 53 types of traffic and administrative forms, in conformity with President Ma Ying-jeou's policy on human rights. Documents The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be On July 8, 2009, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou promulgated the Statute for Renewable Energy Development. On the same day, the Energy Management Law (issued and in force on August 8, 1980) was amended. Both laws form On July 8, 2009, Taiwan's Wildlife Conservation Law (promulgated on June 23, 1989) was amended. The phrase "endangered species or rare and valuable species" was excised from paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 35 and from To prevent criminal cases from dragging on for decades, Taiwan's Judicial Yuan (one of the five branches of the government and the highest judicial organ) is drafting legislation on fair and speedy trials. The right to On July 9, 2009, in a news item on the crackdown on the sale of "clone phones" (shanzhai, black market or "knockoff" goods) made in mainland China, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) urged people to use Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) has directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Government Information Office (GIO) to jointly draft an electronic book industry action plan. Deliberations on the e-book Taiwan acceded to the World Trade Organization's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) on June 8, 2009, which will make it the 41st party to the treaty once formal accession enters in force 30 days thereafter, on or On June 17, 2009, the Tax Reform Committee of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a proposal to expand energy taxes to include environment taxes, with the changes to take effect in 2011. The Committee's three-in-one proposal A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On June 10, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Statute for Management of Video Arcade Operations was published in THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT. It comes only six months after a major amendment was The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to Taiwan's Energy Management Act on June 9, 2009. The revision of the Act is the least controversial among the three pieces of energy legislation being promoted by the government; the On June 1, 2009, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's highest legislative body) passed the preliminary draft of a bill on retirement, compensation, severance, and resignation of private school employees, which would affect more than 60,000 teachers and On April 29, 2009, a new provision amending the section on family (part IV) of Taiwan's Civil Code was promulgated, to allow for divorce by means of mediation. Article 1052-1 stipulates that for divorces established through On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang On April 20, 2009, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a preliminary review of a proposal on an amendment to the Teachers Act (promulgated on Aug. 9, 1995; last amended on May According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan) ratified two United Nations human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which consists of a 15-member Council of Grand Justices, issued an interpretation that deems article 23, paragraph 3, and article 28 of the Detention Law unconstitutional. (Interpretation No. 654 On January 23, 2009, the title of Taiwan's Statute for Providing Aid to Women's Families in Dire Straits was changed to the Statute for Providing Aid to Families in Dire Straits, and several of its articles On March 13, 2009, the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (on Taiwan, the ROC) submitted the Quadrennial Defense Review to the Legislative Yuan in written form; it was reportedly the first such On January 23, 2009, Taiwan's Special Statute for Revitalizing the Economy and Expanding Public Construction was promulgated, in 17 articles. It will remain in effect until December 31, 2012. The goals of the Statute, which was On February 9, 2009, in a move aimed at combating rising unemployment, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) launched the New Store Major Subsidy Plan for persons seeking to establish their own franchise or chain store Taiwan's Statute for Upgrading Industries (promulgated on December 29, 1990), was amended on January 23, 2009. Article 9-2 now specifies that a newly incorporated company or a company being expanded by means of a capital increase On January 23, 2009, an amendment to Taiwan's Immigration Law (literally, Law on Entering or Leaving the Count