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    Chile, United States: New Tax Treaty Enters into Force A bilateral tax treaty concluded between Chile and the United States came into force on December 19, 2023. This treaty, which aims to harmonize tax regulations between the two nations, stipulates that it will be operative for taxes withheld at the source commencing from February 1, 2024. Regarding other taxes, it will apply to taxable … Continue reading “Chile, United States: New Tax Treaty...
    • Contributor: Alvarez, Stephania
    • Date: 2024-01-18
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    Chile: Immigration Law Modified to Include Alternative Expulsion Procedure Notification Methods On August 18, 2023, Law No. 21.589, enacting modifications to Chile’s Immigration Law (Law No. 21.325), was published in the country’s official gazette. The objective of the legislative amendments was to introduce alternative means of notifying the commencement of administrative expulsion proceedings. (Law No. 21.589, Diario Oficial [D.O.], Aug. 18, 2023.)Key Provisions of the LegislationLaw … Continue reading “Chile: Immigration Law Modified to Include...
    • Contributor: Goitom, Hanibal
    • Date: 2023-10-03
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    Chile: Plebiscite on New Constitution Scheduled (Sept. 22, 2020) On March 29, 2020, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera issued Decree 388, which calls for a national plebiscite on October 25, 2020, on whether Chilean citizens want a new constitution and through what mechanism. The repeal of the current constitution, which was enacted in 1980 during the Pinochet regime, emerged as one of […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-09-22
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    Chile: New Constitutional Amendment Imposes Term Limits for Certain Public Officials (July 29, 2020) On July 8, 2020, Law No. 21238, which amends the Chilean Political Constitution to establish limitations on the reelection of certain public officials, entered into force in Chile. The new law also provides that elections for deputies (members of the lower house of the national legislature) and senators are to be held […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-07-29
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    Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed (June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly
    • Date: 2020-06-17
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    Chile: Ministry of Health Announces Issuance of COVID-19 Immunity Card, Easing Restrictions for Some (Apr. 30, 2020) On April 9, 2020, Chile’s minister of health, Jaime Mañalich, announced the issuance of a document to those people who have recovered from COVID-19 as indicated by antibody testing, releasing them from quarantine and other restrictions. The “COVID Cards” will be issued to individuals who have recovered from the disease 14 days after […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-04-30
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    Chile: Senate Adopts Protocol for Virtual Committee Sessions (Apr. 23, 2020) On April 8, 2020, the Chilean Senate adopted a protocol for carrying out committee sessions remotely during the 90-day state of health emergency declared on March 18, 2020, by President Sebastián Piñera. The protocol provides that during the emergency senators may participate and vote in committee sessions either in person or through […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-04-23
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    Chile: Law Enacted Adopting Criminal Penalties for Public Disruptions and Violence (Mar. 10, 2020) On January 30, 2020, Law No. 21,208 enacted Chile’s “Anti-looting law,” amending the Penal Code to impose criminal penalties for looting and actions that threaten the freedom of movement of people on public roads through violence and intimidation. Under the new Law, setting up barricades, looting, and other violent practices that have […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-03-10
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    Chile: Law on Digital Transformation of the State Enacted (Dec. 17, 2019) On November 11, 2019, Law 21,180 on the Digital Transformation of the State was published in Chile’s Official Gazette. The new Law sets up electronic support and processing in administrative procedures and document management in the public administration. The Law aims to digitize, simplify, and eliminate certain procedures within the public administration […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2019-12-17
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    Chile: Law Permits Abortion on Three Grounds (May 25, 2018) In September 2017, the Chilean National Congress passed a new law permitting abortion in some circumstances. (Ley 21030 que Regula la Despenalización de la Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo en Tres Causales [Law 21030 Regulating the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy on Three Grounds], DIARIO OFICIAL, Sept. 23, 2017, Library of the National Congress website.) […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2018-05-25
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    Chile: Information Sharing with Other Countries (July 11, 2017) On June 21, 2017, the Chilean parliament passed Law 21016 on facilitatating sharing of information, government to government, with other countries. (Ley 21016 Facilita el Intercambio Recíproco de Información con Otros Países, DIARIO OFICIAL (DO) (June 21, 2017), available at the Library of Congress of Chile website.) The rationale behind this measure […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2017-07-11
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    Chile: Preventive Identification by Police Authorized (Sept. 1, 2016) On July 5, 2016, the Chilean Congress passed Law 20931 on Easing the Effective Application of the Established Penalties for Robbery, Theft, and Receipt of Stolen Goods and Improving Criminal Prosecution of the Said Offenses. (Facilita la Aplicación Efectiva de las Penas Establecidas para los Delitos de Robo, Hurto y Receptación y […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2016-09-01
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    Chile: New Foreign Investment Regime (Dec. 1, 2015) Law 20848, the New Foreign Investment Law (NFIL), is part of a new legal framework for foreign investment in Chile that supersedes the regime governed by Decree Law No. 600 of 1974. (Ley que Establece el Marco para la Inversión Extranjera Directa en Chile y Crea la Institucionalidad Respectiva, DIARIO OFICIAL (June 25, 2015), […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2015-12-01
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    Chile: New Foreign Investment Law Enacted (June 23, 2015) On June 16, 2015, Chile enacted Law 20,780, on foreign investment. The law originated as Bill 9899-05 and was sent to the legislature by the administration on January 30, 2015. The new legislation replaces the statute on foreign investment enacted as Decree Law 600 of 1974, which will be abolished as of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2015-06-23
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    Chile: Congress Approves Civil Unions Legislation (Feb. 25, 2015) On January 28, 2015, both houses of Chile’s Congress approved legislation that would allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions, called Acuerdos de Unión Civil (AUC). The draft law is now awaiting President Michele Bachelet’s signature for promulgation. (Pablo Cádiz, Proyecto de Unión Civil Finaliza Su Trámite Legislativo y […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2015-02-25
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    Bolivia; Chile; International Court of Justice: Access to the Sea Case (Apr. 25, 2014) On April 15, 2014, Bolivia submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum with arguments supporting its lawsuit filed against Chile for the purpose of reclaiming access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia lost that access to the coast in a 19th-century war with Chile, leaving it landlocked. Chile has stated […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2014-04-25
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    Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru: Trade Protocol Signed (Feb. 18, 2014) The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance. The signing took place on February 10, 2014, at the closing ceremony of the 8th Pacific Alliance Summit, held in Cartagena de Indias, […]
    • Contributor: Gutierrez, Norma
    • Date: 2014-02-18
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    Chile: Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Minors (Aug. 27, 2012) On June 13, 2012, Law 20594 was passed to amend the Criminal Code to include disqualifications for individuals convicted of sexual crimes against minors. (Ley 20594 Crea Inhabilidades para Condenados por Delitos Sexuales Contra Menores y Establece Registro de Dichas Inhabilidades [Law 20594 Creating Disqualifications for Individuals Convicted of Sexual Crimes Against […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2012-08-27
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    Chile: New Law Creates Environmental Courts (Aug. 1, 2012) On June 18, 2012, Chile's legislature passed Law 20600 on the creation of new environmental courts, thereby granting the Superintendency of the Environment the power to prosecute environmental violations. (Law 20600 Creating Environmental Courts (June 18, 2012), DIARIO OFICIAL (July 28, 2012), Bibloteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile website.) The law creates […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2012-08-01
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    Chile: Proposed Changes to the Penal Code to Increase the Sanction against Public Unrest (Oct. 11, 2011) On October 2, 2011, President Sebastián Pinera of Chile submitted a proposal to amend the Penal Code (CP) (Código Penal, Aug, 12, 1874, updated as of Aug. 13, 2011, Biblioteca del Congress website) to the Chilean Congress. The proposal would add the crime of sacking and looting and increase the sanction applicable […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2011-10-11
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    Chile: Congress Approves Draft Legislation to Combat Bullying in Schools (Sept. 21, 2011) On September 7, 2011, Chile's Congress approved draft legislation (Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile (BCN) site (Sept. 7, 2011)) that would amend the General Law on Education (GLE) (Ley 20370, amended by Decreto con Fuerza de Ley No. 2, July 2, 2010, BCN) to establish clear definitions, procedures, and penalties for […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2011-09-21
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    Chile: Supreme Court of Justice Decision Disallows Additional Severance Payments for Teachers in Private Sector (July 30, 2010) Chile's Labor Code was amended on March 29, 2008, to include provisions establishing that final trial decisions in labor cases may be challenged exclusively by the annulment recourse. The recourse, which suspends application of the trial decision, is decided by an appellate court. In general, no further appeal is allowed against the […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2010-07-30
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    Argentina; Chile: Integration Treaty Enters into Force (Feb. 18, 2010) The Treaty of Maipú 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 countries on October 30, 2009, and entered into force on January 22, 2010. The purpose of […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2010-02-18
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    Chile: New Law Creates Ministry for the Environment, Other Environmental Agencies (Feb. 17, 2010) Chile has enacted a new law that creates the Ministry of the Environment, the Environmental Evaluation Service, and the Superintendency for the Environment. It also contains other, less substantive amendments. (Ley 20417, amending Law 19,300 of 1993, the General Environmental Framework Law , OFFICIAL GAZETTE, Jan. 26, 2010, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2010-02-17
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    Chile: New Law Creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System (Sept. 25, 2009) Chile has adopted a new law that creates the Inter-Agency Social Protection System (IASPS) and recognizes the existence of the Integral Infants’ Protection Sub-System (IFPSS), “Chile Grows with You.” Law No. 20,379, which was promulgated on September 1, 2009, and entered into force on September 12, 2009, defines the IASPS as a […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2009-09-25