Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: International affairs 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: United States: Appellate Court Rules Alien Tort Statute Provides Federal Jurisdiction over Claims Arising from Injuries Inflicted Abroad http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404060_text International affairs; Jurisdiction - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404060_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Resolution Declares Crimea Referendum Invalid http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403921_text International affairs; International organizations; Sovereignty - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403921_text Global Legal Monitor: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Rights Groups Decry New Amnesty Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403868_text International affairs; Peace; War crimes - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403868_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia; Saudi Arabia: Defense Cooperation Agreement Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403841_text International affairs; Terrorism; Treaties and International Agreements/Terrorism; Treaties and International Agreements/Weapons - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403841_text Global Legal Monitor: India; United States: Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403798_text International affairs; Officials and employees - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403798_text Global Legal Monitor: Russian Federation; Tajikistan: Military Cooperation Treaty Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403737_text Armed forces and national security; International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403737_text Global Legal Monitor: Canada; European Union: Trade Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403730_text International affairs; Foreign trade and international finance - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403730_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland; United States: Agreement on Tax Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403727_text International affairs; Taxation - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403727_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Cross-Border Prisoner Transfer Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403721_text Crime and law enforcement; International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403721_text Global Legal Monitor: Guatemala; Mexico: Agreements Reached at Bi-National Commission Meeting http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403718_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403718_text Global Legal Monitor: International Labour Organization: Domestic Workers Convention http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403694_text International affairs; Labor - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403694_text Global Legal Monitor: Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula Transition Completed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403677_text Boundaries; International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403677_text Global Legal Monitor: International Labour Organization: Maritime Labour Convention in Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403672_text International affairs; Labor - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403672_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403642_text International affairs; Foreign trade and international finance - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403642_text Global Legal Monitor: ASEAN; Indonesia: Indonesia Urged to Ratify Smog Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403630_text Environmental protection; Workers safety and health; International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across... 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_l205403630_text Global Legal Monitor: Organization of American States: Western Hemisphere Countries Sign Conventions Against Discrimination http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403632_text Discrimination; International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay... 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_l205403632_text Global Legal Monitor: Iceland: Decision to Suspend EU Accession Process http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403622_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403622_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan; Taiwan: Landmark Fishing Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403553_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403553_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Arbitration in South China Sea Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403476_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403476_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; Thailand: Agreement to Fight Economic Crime Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403463_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403463_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Sri Lanka: Sixteen New Agreements Concluded http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403338_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403338_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Vietnam: Steps Taken Towards a New Relationship http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403175_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403175_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Supreme Court Holds U.N. Cannot Be Sued in Bosnia Massacre Case http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403102_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403102_text Global Legal Monitor: ASEAN: Foreign Ministers Discuss Conduct Code for South China Sea http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403071_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403071_text Global Legal Monitor: Greece; International Court of Justice: Judgment on Blocking Entry of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into NATO http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402974_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402974_text Global Legal Monitor: Holy See (Vatican City State): Support for International Anti-Crime Agreements http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402961_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402961_text Global Legal Monitor: International Criminal Court; Mali: Agreement on Enforcement of Sentences http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402956_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude... 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_l205402956_text Global Legal Monitor: Mercosur: Member Countries Block Entrance of Ships with Falkland Islands Flags http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402930_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402930_text Global Legal Monitor: Cyprus; United Nations: Extension of Peacekeeping Force Until July 2012 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402921_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402921_text Global Legal Monitor: Croatia; European Union: European Parliament Approves EU Membership for Croatia http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402913_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402913_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Vietnam: South China Sea Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402849_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402849_text Global Legal Monitor: Sudan: Framework Accord Between Government and Liberation Movement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402730_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402730_text Global Legal Monitor: International Court of Justice: No Jurisdiction for Georgian Claim http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402603_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402603_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia; Bangladesh: Reciprocal "Work and Holiday Visa" Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402492_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under... 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_l205402492_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh; Pakistan: Bilateral Consultations Conducted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402397_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402397_text Global Legal Monitor: Panama: Withdrawal from Central American Parliament http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402406_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402406_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Easing of Requirements for Legal Assistance Among States http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402389_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests... 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_l205402389_text Global Legal Monitor: Cameroon; United States: Nuclear Security Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402379_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402379_text Global Legal Monitor: Moldova: International Criminal Court Treaty Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402315_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402315_text Global Legal Monitor: U.N. Human Rights Council: Water, Sanitation Rights Binding http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402294_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 06 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402294_text Global Legal Monitor: Economic Community of West African States: Humanitarian Law Seminar http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402275_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402275_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Annual Treaty Signing Campaign Launched http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402256_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402256_text Global Legal Monitor: Switzerland; Taiwan: Against ISO over Request for Country Name Change Declined http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402234_text Global Legal Monitor: Colombia; United States: Constitutional Court Suspends Military Cooperation Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402193_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402193_text Global Legal Monitor: Seychelles: Rome Statute Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402163_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest... 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_l205402163_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Talks on International Mercury Treaty Begin http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402085_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402085_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Bangladesh-Burma Maritime Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402064_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402064_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; United States: Conclusion of Second Stage of Air Transport ("Open Skies") Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401936_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401936_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401927_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401927_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations; World Trade Organization: Agreement on Technical Assistance in Africa http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401873_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401873_text Global Legal Monitor: African Union; Uganda: Convention on Displaced Persons Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401831_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401831_text Global Legal Monitor: Argentina; Chile: Integration Treaty Enters into Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401823_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401823_text Global Legal Monitor: African Union: Amendment to Rome Statute of International Criminal Court Sought http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401816_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401816_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh; India: Three Treaties to be Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401796_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401796_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; Organization of American States: Memorandum of Understanding http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401750_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401750_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Supreme Court Denies Recognition of an Islamic Divorce in France http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401706_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401706_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Fishing Treaty Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401700_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 01 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401700_text Global Legal Monitor: ASEAN: Meetings on Transnational Crime http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401691_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401691_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil; China: Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401684_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available... 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_l205401684_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Lisbon Treaty Coming into Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401663_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401663_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Treaty Signing Initiative Successful http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401597_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401597_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Secretary-General Urges Signing of Treaties of Global Significance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401576_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401576_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Agreement on Fishing Cooperation Discussed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401574_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401574_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Singapore: Cooperation Agreements Signed and Double Taxation Agreement Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401564_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401564_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Pirate Fishing Agreement Drafted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401553_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 09 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401553_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico; United States: Letter of Intent to Foster Security and Trade Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401494_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401494_text Global Legal Monitor: Organization of American States: Revocation of Resolution Barring Cuba's Membership http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401455_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401455_text Global Legal Monitor: Cyprus; European Union; Turkey: Cyprus Sets Stumbling Blocks to Turkey's Accession Negotiations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401453_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401453_text Global Legal Monitor: Iceland: Parliament Signals Agreement on Joining European Union http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401448_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401448_text Global Legal Monitor: Chile: Ratification of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401406_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 06 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401406_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan; World Health Organization: 'Chinese Taipei' Listed Separately on Swine Flu Global Updates http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401367_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401367_text Global Legal Monitor: Group of Eight: System to Try Pirates Being Considered http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401319_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters... 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_l205401319_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union; United States: Memorandum Signed on Beef Hormone Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401315_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a... 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_l205401315_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Treaty on Shipbreaking http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401302_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 26 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401302_text Global Legal Monitor: Norway; United Kingdom: Economic Zones Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401283_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a... 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_l205401283_text Global Legal Monitor: Czech Republic: Senate Ratifies the Lisbon Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401282_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 12 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401282_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Agreements on Regular Flights, Financial Cooperation, Judicial Cooperation Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401274_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401274_text Global Legal Monitor: Czech Republic: Bond Law to Aid Latvia http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401234_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401234_text Global Legal Monitor: Nepal; Sri Lanka: Agreements Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401104_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401104_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico; United States: Accord on Deportation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401098_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401098_text Global Legal Monitor: Ecuador: U.S. Diplomat Expelled from Ecuador http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401048_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401048_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Protocol to Convention on Organized Crime Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401030_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401030_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Groundwork Laid for Fishing Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401006_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401006_text Global Legal Monitor: World Trade Organization: New Database of Regional Agreements http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540963_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540963_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil; France: Agreements on Defense Include Transfer of Technology http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540895_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 05 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540895_text Global Legal Monitor: Indonesia: Parliament Ratifies ASEAN Charter http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540750_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 03 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540750_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Sweden Ratifies Lisbon Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540804_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540804_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Accession to New York Convention http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540792_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540792_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Taiwan: Agreements on Direct Transport, Mail, and Food Safety http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540768_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540768_text Global Legal Monitor: Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Agreements Signed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540765_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540765_text Global Legal Monitor: China; Vietnam: Agreement Reached to Complete Land, Maritime Border Demarcation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540759_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on On October 25, 2008, in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to China by Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyand#7877;n Tand#7845;n Dand#361;ng, China and Vietnam pledged "to deepen the bilateral all-round strategic cooperation partnership"... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 03 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540759_text Global Legal Monitor: Iraq: Religious Edict (Fatwa) Against American/Iraqi Security Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540741_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on On October 25, 2008, in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to China by Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyand#7877;n Tand#7845;n Dand#361;ng, China and Vietnam pledged "to deepen the bilateral all-round strategic cooperation partnership" In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a religious edict (fatwa) requiring any agreement with the United States... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 24 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540741_text Global Legal Monitor: International Court of Justice: Ruling on Georgia v. Russian Federation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540730_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on On October 25, 2008, in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to China by Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyand#7877;n Tand#7845;n Dand#361;ng, China and Vietnam pledged "to deepen the bilateral all-round strategic cooperation partnership" In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a religious edict (fatwa) requiring any agreement with the United States On October 15, 2008, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its ruling in Georgia v. Russian Federation, which was brought to the Court on August 12, 2008, following the Republic of Georgia's accusation that Russia... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540730_text Global Legal Monitor: Kosovo: UN Asks World Court to Rule on Kosovo http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540718_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Switzerland and the United States signed an Executive Agreement on August 29, 2013, that was designed to end a dispute between the two countries on issues relating to the conduct of Swiss banks in allegedly having On July 23, 2013, a new cross border Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, in 25 articles, took effect in the Republic of China (ROC) (on Taiwan). On the same day, pursuant to the new law, the The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commission met in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyo la XI On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay According to Iceland's Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the country has decided to withdraw its request to join the European Union, at least for the present. He On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction's fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks On January 22, 2013, the Philippines informed China that it wants to go to an international arbitration process over China's claims to a part of the South On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, visited Sri Lanka September 15-18, 2012. Following his meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the two countries signed 16 new agreements. The agreements cover Based on the European Union (EU) Council Decision No. 2012/279/EU of May 14, 2012 (EURLEX database), the representatives of Member States approved the signing of a partnership and cooperation agreement with Vietnam. (EU States The Supreme Court of the Netherlands (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), in a ruling issued on April 13, 2012, held that the United Nations cannot be sued for its failure to protect Bosnian civilian men in Srebenica, On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by On January 26, 2012, the Vatican moved to support three international conventions that are designed to fight various kinds of criminal activity. (Vatican OK's Moves on Drugs, Organised Crime, Terrorism, LIFE IN ITALY (Jan. 26, The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude Argentina and the United Kingdom have disputed sovereignty over the territory of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands ever since the UK's occupation of the islands in 1833. The dispute had culminated in a war in 1982 that ended On December 14, 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 2026, which extends the mandate of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 2012. (Press Release SC/10486, United Nations Security Council, On December 1, 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution granting its consent to Croatian membership in the European Union, with 564 votes in favor, 38 against, and 32 abstentions. The accession treaty is expected to On October 11, 2011, China and Vietnam signed an agreement aimed at resolving their disputes over control of parts of the South China Sea. The maritime borders at issue, over which Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and On June 28, 2011, the "Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements On April 1, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced that it does not have jurisdiction to decide on a dispute between Georgia and Russia. The reason for Bangladesh has become the latest country to join a reciprocal "work and holiday" visa agreement with Australia. Other countries with such agreements with Australia include Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. Under On November 1, 2010, Bangladesh and Pakistan conducted consultations at the foreign secretary level concerning a number of longstanding bilateral issues. The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1976. Outstanding issues between the countries include Bangladesh's On November 24, 2010, Act 78 of 2009, repealing the legal basis for Panama's membership in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), entered into force. The law was adopted on November 30, 2009. (Ley 78 de 2009 On October 18, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Assistance Among States Law, 5771-2010. The amendment changed the procedure that had previously been required as a precondition when another state requests On November 4, 2010, the United States' National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concluded a memorandum of understanding with the West African nation of Cameroon. The cooperation agreement covers curbing, detecting, and interrupting illegal traffic in nuclear On October 13, 2010, Moldova signed the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). There are now 114 parties to this treaty; it will become effective in Moldova on January 1, The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on September 30, 2010, that declares the right to safe drinking water and sanitation to be basic human rights contained in existing treaties and thus legally binding. On September 28, 2010, a three-day seminar, "National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)," began in Abuja, Nigeria. Senior government officials from 35 states that are part of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) The third week of September is the annual United Nations push to have nations sign, ratify, or accede to a number of international accords. The 43 agreements highlighted this year cover a range of subjects, The Swiss Federal Tribunal (Switzerland's Supreme Court), in Lausanne, issued a ruling on September 9, 2010, declining to handle on appeal a civil suit lodged by Taiwan against the Geneva-based International Standards Organization (ISO). The Tribunal, The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperacion y Asistencia T;cnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la Repanduacute;blica de Colombia y el de On August 10, 2010, Seychelles ratified the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing the total number of African states that have ratified the treaty to 31. (Seychelles Becomes Latest On June 11, 2010, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on mercury of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) completed its first round of talks on creating an international treaty to restrict the sale and use of A delimitation case concerning the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Burma in the Bay of Bengal has been filed with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The dispute between the two countries Since May 2008, two months after the first-stage of the Open Skies Agreement came into effect, the European Union and the United States have been engaged in seven rounds of negotiations on a second-phase air transport The Bangladesh Parliament ratified the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 23, 2010, making Bangladesh the 111th state to join the ICC. Bangladesh had signed the statute in 1999, but did not On March 9, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was concluded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the UNECA offices in Addis Ababa. The agreement, which was Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African The Treaty of Maipanduacute; for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two It was reported on February 3, 2010, that the African Union (AU) is seeking to amend the Rome Statute of 1998, which currently reserves the power to suspend investigation or prosecution by the International Criminal Court The Bangladesh Secretary on Home Affairs and the Commerce Secretary of India have signed three treaties, on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging prisoners, and combating international terrorism. These treaties are expected to be ratified The European Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS) have been cooperating in several areas of common interest and mutual benefit for the last 20 years. The former European Community was given the status of In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of On November 25, 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced its approval of a new treaty designed to close ports to illegal fishing ships. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of On October 31, 2009, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee ratified the Bilateral Treaty on Civil and Commercial Judicial Assistance with Brazil. (Text of decision [in Chinese], NPC Standing Committee official website, Oct. 31, 2009, available On November 4, 2009, Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President, who was a strong opponent of the Lisbon Treaty on revamping of the institutional structure of the European Union, signed the document. His signing followed a decision The United Nations' annual push to have international conventions signed by a large number of countries was highly successful as of the end of September 2009, as 64 countries, 20 more than in 2008, took action United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging nations to sign, ratify, or accede to international treaties with universal implications. The topics of the 39 highlighted accords include climate change, terrorism, nuclear weapons, human rights, the protection The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture of Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) announced on September 14, 2009, that it had reached consensus with mainland China's Fisheries Council on recommending that a fishing cooperation agreement be The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of The "Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing," sponsored by the United Nations, has now been worked out and 91 countries have agreed to the text. It is The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in The negotiation process for Turkey's eventual membership in the European Union involves the harmonization of 33 chapters (individual subject areas of law) with the EU's acquis communataire (complete body of law). The 2008 Progress Report on Under the Treaty on European Union (EU) any European State may apply for membership of the EU (subject to criteria set by the European Council at its 1993 summit in Copenhagen). All EU Members (27 at On June 29, 2009, Chile deposited with the United Nations its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute, becoming the last South American country to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This measure A spokesman of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated on May 26, 2009, that the World Health Organization [WHO] had agreed to include, in the WHO situation update tables and on its map for the On May 30, 2009, the Group of Eight countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) agreed to work on creating a common solution for bringing pirates from African waters The European Community (EC) and the United States have had a longstanding dispute on hormone-treated beef. In the early 1990s, due to consumer concerns about food safety arising from mad cow disease, the EC introduced a On May 15, 2009, a new treaty on shipbreaking was signed in Hong Kong by 66 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The treaty was sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United On April 30, 2009, Norway and the United Kingdom concluded an agreement on the boundary between the economic zones of the two nations. Since 1977, when Norway established an economic zone and the U.K. delineated a On May 6, 2009, the Czech Senate, following ratification by the lower house in February 2009, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, with 54 of the 79 senators voting in favor. Pursuant to the Constitution of the Czech On April 26, 2009, in Nanjing, mainland China and Taiwan signed three agreements to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Chen Yunlin, President of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), and Chiang Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, signed into law on April 13, 2009, legislation on a bond issue program enabling the provision of financial aid to Latvia. The value of the issue is about On March 3, 2009, Sri Lanka and Nepal concluded two agreements, one to establish air service between the two nation's capital cities (Kathmandu and Colombo) and one creating a ministerial-level joint commission. The documents were signed On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriacion a On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country "for interfering in the country's internal affairs." This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced on February 3, 2009, that significant progress had been made towards an international treaty designed to stop illegal sea-fishing operations. Five days of talks on the subject In January 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched an online database of regional trade agreements (RTAs). It can be accessed by the public at http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx (last visited Jan. 22, 2009) and can be searched On December 22, 2008, Brazilian President Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed several agreements in the area of defense during Sarkozy's visit to Rio de Janeiro. The agreements include the purchase ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter On November 21, 2008, the European Union came closer to its ultimate goal of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty whose purpose is to restructure EU institutions to accommodate an enlarged union of 27 members The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced on November 3, 2008, that Rwanda has become the 143rd country to accede to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the On November 4, 2008, China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and Taiwan (also referred to as the Republic of China) signed several agreements designed to improve economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. Under these During recent meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the 2009 budget for the organization was approved, and a number of agreements and memoranda were signed. Among these documents was a protocol on exchanging information on On October 25, 2008, in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to China by Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyand#7877;n Tand#7845;n Dand#361;ng, China and Vietnam pledged "to deepen the bilateral all-round strategic cooperation partnership" In response to a request sent to him by some members of the Iraqi Parliament, a Shiite cleric in Lebanon, Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, recently issued a religious edict (fatwa) requiring any agreement with the United States On October 15, 2008, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued its ruling in Georgia v. Russian Federation, which was brought to the Court on August 12, 2008, following the Republic of Georgia's accusation that Russia On October 8, 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted 77 to 6, with 74 abstentions, to refer the question of the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence to the International Court of Justice... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540718_text Global Legal Monitor: Economic Community of West African States: Small Arms Convention Close to Implementation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540711_text International affairs - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that under the Alien Tort Statute, an American corporation in certain circumstances can be sued for alleged violations of international law where the injuries occurred On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution declaring invalid the March 16 Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 100 Member States in favor On February 4, 2014, the legislature of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved a new law giving amnesty for acts of war committed from 2006 to the present. It will come into effect once On January 23, 2014, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed their first agreement on cooperation in defense matters. It was signed by Indonesia's Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, a retired Lieutenant General from the Defense Ministry, and the Saudi Deputy On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, On October 1, 2013, members of the lower house of the Tajik legislature ratified a treaty with the Russian Federation on extension of the term of the maintenance in Tajikstan of a Russian military base. (On October 18, 2013, after length