Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Government 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: Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404237_text Business investment and capital; Government; Information technology - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404237_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Measures to Reactivate the Economy, Promote Development, and Reduce Bureaucracy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404202_text Aviation and airports; Budget; Economic development; Government lending and loan guarantees; Transportation and public works - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404202_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: New Law on State Attorneys http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404187_text Constitution; Crime and law enforcement; Government; Judiciary; Lawyers and legal services - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404187_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404176_text Civil rights and liberties; Government ethics and transparency; Officials and employees - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404176_text Global Legal Monitor: Portugal: Government Establishes Inter-Ministerial Coordination Commission on Ebola http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404179_text Emergency management; Government; Infectious and parasitic diseases; Public health - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404179_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Law Amended to Give Lawmakers Added Protection http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404080_text Government ethics and transparency; Legislative bodies - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404080_text Global Legal Monitor: Armenia: Concept for Constitutional Amendments Announced http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403973_text Constitution; Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403973_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: Judges Will Be Subjected to Lustration http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403975_text Freedom of speech; Government ethics and transparency; Human rights; Judges - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403975_text Global Legal Monitor: China: New Implementing Regulations of Law on State Secrets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403916_text Documents; Government ethics and transparency; National security - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403916_text Global Legal Monitor: Armenia: Law on Limiting Political Activities of the Control Chamber Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403902_text Executive agencies; Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403902_text Global Legal Monitor: Ukraine: New Measures to Save Government Spending http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403905_text Budget; Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403905_text Global Legal Monitor: India: New Anti-Corruption Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403819_text Corruption; Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403819_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Courts Required to Publish All Effective Opinions on One Website http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403810_text Government ethics and transparency; Judiciary; Supreme court - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403810_text Global Legal Monitor: Cuba; Mexico: 70% of Debt Forgiven http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403750_text Government lending and loan guarantees; International Affairs - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403750_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Financial-Economic Crime http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403643_text Crime and law enforcement; Government ethics and transparency; Lawyers and legal services; Money laundering - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403643_text Global Legal Monitor: Philippines; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403633_text Government; International affairs; Money laundering - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403633_text Global Legal Monitor: Croatia; European Union: Enlargement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403628_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403628_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: European Parliament Committee Approves Legislation Requiring Mineral and Oil Companies to Disclose Payments to Governments http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403611_text Corporations; Government ethics and transparency; Mining; Natural resources - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403611_text Global Legal Monitor: Georgia: System of Public Financial Disclosures Implemented http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403574_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403574_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Ministry of Railways Dismantled http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403536_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403536_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Anti-Corruption Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403389_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403389_text Global Legal Monitor: Georgia: Public Service Halls http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403392_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403392_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: New Law on Local Governance for Sindh Province Promulgated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403327_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403327_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Court Asks for Complete Papers in Test of Corruption Commission Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403310_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403310_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Corruption Court Judges Arrested http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403296_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403296_text Global Legal Monitor: Namibia: High Court Declares Anti-Corruption Act Provision Unconstitutional http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402996_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402996_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Supreme Court Initiates Proceedings Against Prime Minister http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402957_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402957_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Plan to Rewrite Law on Visa Procedures http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402945_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402945_text Global Legal Monitor: Kuwait: Council of Ministers Approves Draft Law on Combating Corruption and Money Laundering http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402831_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402831_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Ministry of Finance Will Distribute Aid for Foreign Development http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402814_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402814_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 - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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: India: Anti-Corruption Measures http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402540_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402540_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Parts of Immunity Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402513_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402513_text Global Legal Monitor: India: Supreme Court Questions Government over Theft http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402504_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402504_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Tax Corruption Verdict to Be Appealed, New Charges to Be Laid http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402493_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402493_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Ethical Sanctions for Non-Compliance with State Comptroller Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402494_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402494_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Iceland: Code of Conduct for Legislators Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402387_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402387_text Global Legal Monitor: Africa; France: French Supreme Court Authorizes Corruption Investigation of Three African Heads of State http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402378_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402378_text Global Legal Monitor: Afghanistan; United Nations: Aid to Combat Corruption http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402188_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402188_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Establishment of the European External Action Service http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402164_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing... 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_l205402164_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 - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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: Afghanistan: First Sentence for a Government Official Tied to Drug Trafficking http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402149_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 09 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402149_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Iceland: Opening of Accession Negotiations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402059_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402059_text Global Legal Monitor: Vietnam: Anti-Corruption Plan Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402004_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N.... 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_l205402004_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS Back in Print http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401994_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 20 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401994_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: The National Youth Council Act Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401974_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws... 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_l205401974_text Global Legal Monitor: China: State Secrets Law Revised http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401961_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 07 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401961_text Global Legal Monitor: East Timor: Cooperation Agreements Being Prepared to Fight Corruption http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401957_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 05 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401957_text Global Legal Monitor: Liberia: Whistleblower Protection Law to Be Considered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401947_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401947_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Vice President of Supreme People's Court Sentenced to Life Imprisonment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401880_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401880_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Reorganization of Intelligence Service http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401845_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in... 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_l205401845_text Global Legal Monitor: Philippines: Executive Order Creates a Committee to Strengthen Church and State Relations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401800_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401800_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Anti-Corruption Law Planned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401797_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401797_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Regional Government Bill Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401743_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401743_text Global Legal Monitor: Bosnia-Herzegovina: Social Security Contributions Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401718_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401718_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Albania's Progress on Candidacy for Membership http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401682_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate... 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_l205401682_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401671_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401671_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401672_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401672_text Global Legal Monitor: Ireland: Referendum on EU Operations Passes http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401608_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and... 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_l205401608_text Global Legal Monitor: India: Supreme Court Ruling on the Offense of Abetment of Corruption by a Public Servant http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401573_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401573_text Global Legal Monitor: Cambodia; United Nations: Corruption Monitor to Join Genocide Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401510_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401510_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Senate to Create Body to Monitor, Check Excesses of Anti-Graft Agencies http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401333_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401333_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401337_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401337_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: MPs Expenses Scandal Prompting Constitutional Reforms http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401312_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401312_text Global Legal Monitor: Mozambique: Bill to Put Criminal Investigation under Autonomous Body http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401289_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401289_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Bill Granting More Powers to Auditor-General Rejected http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401284_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 14 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401284_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: New Procedures for Appointment of Governors http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401272_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401272_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Finland: Submission of Report on EU Policy http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401266_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that:... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401266_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Supreme People's Court Issues Notice on "Five Strict Prohibitions" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401265_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five... 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_l205401265_text Global Legal Monitor: Cambodia; United Nations: Ethics Monitor Proposed for ECCC http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401213_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401213_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Orders Juvenile Cases Handled by Corrupt Judges Expunged http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401199_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401199_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Bill to Amend Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401206_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401206_text Global Legal Monitor: South Africa: Prosecutor Drops Corruption Charges Against Zuma http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401194_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401194_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Succession of Cabinet Members http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401173_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)).... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401173_text Global Legal Monitor: Niger: Demonstrations Against MP Bonuses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401084_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401084_text Global Legal Monitor: United Kingdom: Alleged Corruption in House of Lords Brings Calls for Tougher Sanctions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540972_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540972_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh; United States: DOJ Files Forfeiture Action Against Arafat Rahman http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540944_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540944_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland: Court Rules on Marcos Assets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540937_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540937_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Czech Republic Assumes Presidency in January 2009 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540820_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 08 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540820_text Global Legal Monitor: Thailand: Former Prime Minister Found Guilty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540749_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540749_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Prohibits Nepotism in All Three Branches of Government http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540667_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540667_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Supreme Court Investigated for Corruption http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540515_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540515_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Whistleblowers'; Protection http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540516_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540516_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Anti Corruption Policy Under Criticism http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540571_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540571_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister's Son Implicated in Corruption http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540437_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540437_text Global Legal Monitor: Czech Republic: Presidential Veto of Amendment to Conflict-of-Interest Provision http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540438_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540438_text Global Legal Monitor: Pakistan: Loans to Politicians Waived http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540367_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540367_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Strict Anti-Corruption Law Drafted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540368_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540368_text Global Legal Monitor: China: "Super Ministries" Plan http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540369_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five "super ministries" are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540369_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Extortion Trial of Former Prime Minister http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540297_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five "super ministries" are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540297_text Global Legal Monitor: Czech Republic: High Court Rejects Complaint Against Supreme Court Head http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540298_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five "super ministries" are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had On March 3, 2008, the Olomouc High Court in North Moravia, the Czech Republic, rejected a complaint against Iya Brozova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Supreme Court. The disciplinary complaint, initiated by Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540298_text Global Legal Monitor: Iran: Judiciary High Council Bans Judges from Membership in Political Parties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540299_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five "super ministries" are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had On March 3, 2008, the Olomouc High Court in North Moravia, the Czech Republic, rejected a complaint against Iya Brozova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Supreme Court. The disciplinary complaint, initiated by Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil A directive issued by the Judiciary High Council of Iran in late 2007 states that, for the purpose of ensuring neutrality in the performance of judicial duties and meeting the highest standards of ethics, judges are... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540299_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Government Decides to Charge for Official Gazettes http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054083_text Government - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that no central or state government sanction is needed On August 12, 2009, the United Nations and Cambodia announced an agreement setting up an ethics watchdog in the special tribunal on the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of David Mark, the President of the Nigerian Senate, stated on June 2, 2009, that the Senate will establish a new agency to monitor "the perceived excesses" of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred during the performance of their Parliamentary duties has caused It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled "Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: On January 8, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) distributed a notice to the lower people's courts at all levels, military courts, and certain other specified courts on the issuance of the Provisions on the Five United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen, on April 8, 2009, proposed an ethics monitoring mechanism for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia. The tribunal was On March 26, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered expungements of juvenile cases handled by Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. Ciavarella and another judge pled guilty to corruption charges alleging that between 2000 On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa announced that it was dropping criminal charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, head of the African National Congress On January 21, 2009, Switzerland promulgated a Reform Act to the Parliamentary Act (Bundesgesetz uber die Bundesversammlung (Parlamentsgesetz) Anderung, Oct. 3, 2008, Amtliche Sammlung des Bundesrechts 725 (2009), available at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/as/2009/index0_5.html (click on page 725)). A demonstration organized by three non-governmental human rights groups was held in front of Niger's Parliament in the capital city of Niamey on February 26, 2009, to demand that the legislators repay "huge salary bonuses" to Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in the House of Lords in exchange for cash, the leader On January 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a forfeiture action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Arafat Rahman, known as "Coco" or "Koko," the son of the former On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the With its ascent to the six-month rotating European Union presidency scheduled to commence on January 1, 2009, the Czech Republic is setting the agenda for its leadership role. The Czech government has chosen as its representative Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Sanduacute;mula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its ";go slow policies"; in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government ";for failing to punish In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of On March 15, 2008, the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, passed the State Council's Institutional Reform Plan, under which five "super ministries" are created. (Shiyi jie Ren Da The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had On March 3, 2008, the Olomouc High Court in North Moravia, the Czech Republic, rejected a complaint against Iya Brozova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Supreme Court. The disciplinary complaint, initiated by Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil A directive issued by the Judiciary High Council of Iran in late 2007 states that, for the purpose of ensuring neutrality in the performance of judicial duties and meeting the highest standards of ethics, judges are On October 23, 2007, the Director-General of the Brazilian National Press, Fernando Tolentino de Sousa Vieira, issued Administrative Act (Portaria) No. 275 establishing the commercialization of official gazettes and their electronic versions. In response, the national... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 08 Feb 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054083_text Global Legal Monitor: Gabon: Twenty NGOs Banned http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540229_text Government ethics and transparency - On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand's Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for The Italian legislature recently passed legislation to strengthen the national economy and to reduce bureaucracy. (Decree-Law No. 133, of September 12, 2014 (D.L. 133), Urgent Measures for the Opening of Construction Sites, the Construction of On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the "Law on Cleansing of the Authorities," widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR), on July 8, 2014, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Legislative Institution Law, also called the MD3 Law. (Law No. 27, 2009 [in Indonesian], DPR website; Margareth S. On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based On April, 8, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine almost unanimously approved a Law under which a special commission will be formed to review judgments issued by Ukrainian judges in cases concerning the participants in On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation's Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, On January 1, 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee of India signed into law landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption by creating an anti-graft ombudsman with broad powers to prosecute all offending politicians, ministers, and senior civil servants, On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their effective opinions on the website of Judicial Opinions of China, The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, which amounted to about US$487 million. The federal officer explained It was reported on July 5, 2013, that the Ministry of Security and Justice has submitted to the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, the Tweede Kamer, draft legislation on financial and economic crime. The proposed On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in On July 1, 2013, Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. In May 2013, Georgian senior government officials working in all branches of government will submit their public financial disclosure reports and asset declarations to the country's Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for the 15th time. (Law On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in On October 31, 2012, Italy's Parliament approved new anti-corruption legislation, the Provisions for the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Illegality in Public Administration [Disposizioni per la On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan's Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new On August 30, 2012, Indonesia's Constitutional Court, which is considering a challenge to the constitutionality of the law that established the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), asked the applicants to file additional documents. The presiding Justice, Two judges of local corruption courts in Indonesia have themselves been accused of taking bribes by the national Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The two judges, associated with the Semarang Anti-Corruption Court in On February 20, 2012, the High Court in Windhoek, Namibia found part of a provision in Namibia's Anti-Corruption Act (No. 8 of 2003, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA (Aug. 4, 2003), Anti-Corruption Commission On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bandoslash;dskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. 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 On February 21, 2011, in her address to Parliament opening the budget session, the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, stated that the government will take measures to root out corruption in the country. These On January 13, 2011, Italy's Constitutional Court struck down parts of a law supported by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that would have given him and his Ministers temporary immunity from criminal charges while they remain in Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as "pure and simple theft of national money," the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of bribes from a number of companies in exchange for favorable On January 25, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 (consolidated version). The amendment was designed to improve the audit of public bodies conducted by the State Comptroller and In a November 9, 2010, report on the progress made by nations applying for European Union membership, the European Commission praised Iceland's recent reforms. The report was a follow-up to the February 2010 recommendation by the On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to build up the justice system of Afghanistan, in order to fight corruption. UNODC has been cooperating with the Attorney-General's office in Afghanistan to On July 26, 2010, the Council of the European Union issued a decision authorizing the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and defining its organization and functions. (Council Decision of July 26, 2010 Establishing 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 August 3, 2010, the Primary Court of the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force sentenced a former police chief to ten years in prison, in addition to fining him US$14,000 for his ties to drug traffickers. Iceland's application to join the European Union, formally submitted on July 27, 2009, is moving the country a step closer to eventually joining the European Union as a full member. The European Council concluded on June In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. It was reported on May 17, 2010, that the NIGERIAN MONTHLY LAW REPORTS (NMLR), first published in 1964 and discontinued in 1976, is back in print. (Innocent Anaba, Monthly Law Reports Repackaged, VANGUARD, May 17, 2010, On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws On April 29, 2010, the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress of China (NPC) adopted the revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law). The new Law will take effect on October 1, On April 23, 2010, during the International Conference to Fight Corruption that was held in Dili, East Timor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Zacarias da Costa, was quoted as saying that in order On April 20, 2010, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sent a bill to the country's two legislative bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill contained the text of a proposed law to protect On March 17, 2010, the Hebei Province Higher People's Court affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment of Huang Songyou, former Vice President of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). Huang was found guilty on January 19, 2010, Catharine Ashton, who is the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Security and Policy, is reportedly working on restructuring the EU's External Action Service (EAS). EAS is a diplomatic corps with 130 delegations in On November 23, 2009, an Executive Order (EO) "Creating the Church-Police-Military-Liaison Committee [CPMLC] to Formulate and Implement a Comprehensive Program to Establish Strong Partnership Between the State and the Church on Matters Concerning Peace and Order According to a statement by Dilan Perera, a Member of the Sri Lankan parliament and the Justice Minister, the country's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is planning to propose a new Act to counter waste, corruption, and other On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Secu