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    United Nations: Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons (Oct. 5, 2017) On July 7, 2017, the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards Their Total Elimination, meeting in New York, adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, by a vote of 122 in favor, one against (the Netherlands), and one abstention (Singapore). (Matthew Santiago, UN […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2017-10-05
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    European Union: Reform Treaty (Nov. 2, 2007) On October 26, 2007, the European Union agreed on the text of the Reform Treaty, otherwise known as the Lisbon Treaty, which replaces the EU Constitution rejected in 2005 by France and the Netherlands. The treaty will be formally signed by the 27 EU Member States in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 13, […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    United Nations: Trademark Treaty (Dec. 30, 2008) The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 and is designed to update a 1994 treaty on the subject and make the process of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-12-30
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    United Nations: Draft Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons (June 1, 2017) On May 22, 2017, a United Nations panel released a draft of a treaty that would ban all use of nuclear weapons. The prohibition would extend to all production, acquisition, transfer, or use of those weapons.  (Autumn Callan, UN Panel Releases Draft Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, PAPER CHASE (May 23, 2017); Draft […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-06-01
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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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    United Nations: Treaty on Maritime Goods Transportation (Sept. 25, 2009) A United Nations treaty on the transportation of goods by sea, adopted by the General Assembly in December 2009, was signed on September 23, 2009, in Rotterdam. (G.A. Res., U.N. Doc. A/RES/63/122 (Feb. 2, 2009), with Convention text as annex, Rotterdam Rules website, http://www.rotterdamrules2009.com/cms/uploads/Resolution%20adpoted%20by%20GA%20of%20CMI.pdf (last visited Sept. 23, 2009).) The U.N. Convention […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-09-25
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    Belgium; Luxembourg; Netherlands: New Treaty (July 2, 2008) Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed a new Benelux Treaty on June 17, 2008, in The Hague. The new treaty revises the present treaty, signed in 1958, which will come to an end on October 31, 2010. Article 2 of the new treaty provides its main objectives: to protect the Benelux countries' […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2008-07-02
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    China; Netherlands: Renegotiated Double-Tax Treaty in Force (Oct. 10, 2014) On August 31, 2014, a new income tax treaty and a protocol signed by China and the Netherlands on May 31, 2013, entered into force. The two instruments apply to income received on or after January 1, 2015. (China and Netherlands Ratify New Tax Treaty and Protocol, TAX ALERT (Aug. 27, 2014).) […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2014-10-10
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    International: Botswana, Canada Ratify Arms Trade Treaty (Sept. 17, 2019) In June 2019, Canada and Botswana each ratified the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), becoming the 103rd and 104th states to join the ATT. The ATT will enter into force for Botswana and Canada in September 2019, 90 days after their ratifications. Botswana will become the 26th African country to join […]
    • Contributor: Boomer, Elizabeth
    • Date: 2019-09-17
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    Australia; China; France: Extradition Treaties (May 2, 2008) On April 24, 2008, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) ratified extradition treaties with France and Australia. Each treaty has 23 articles. The treaties cover, among other matters, extradition obligations, extraditable offenses, reasons that can be used and reasons that should be used […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2008-05-02
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    United Nations: Treaty on Shipbreaking (May 26, 2009) 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 Nations specialized agency with responsibility for safety and security at sea and prevention of marine pollution […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-05-26
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    Germany/France: Countries Sign Friendship Treaty on Cooperation and Integration (Feb. 1, 2019) On January 22, 2019, Germany and France signed the “Aachen Treaty,” a bilateral friendship treaty on cooperation and integration. The treaty comes fifty-six years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty, which focused on reconciliation after the end of the Second World War. The Aachen Treaty complements the Élysée Treaty, renews the […]
    • Contributor: Gesley, Jenny
    • Date: 2019-02-01
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    United Nations: Arms Trade Treaty Scheduled to Become Effective (Sept. 30, 2014) The United Nations announced on September 25, 2014, that the Arms Trade Treaty adopted by the General Assembly in 2013 will enter into force in 90 days. It reached the necessary number of 50 ratifications on that date with the deposit of instruments of ratification by eight countries: Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-09-30
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    Liechtenstein: Tax Law, Treaties Adopted (Apr. 7, 2010) The Government of Liechtenstein adopted the Law on Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters on March 30, 2010. This legislation will facilitate the implementation of agreements on the exchange of tax information the nation has concluded. There were 11 such treaties signed recently that are not yet in force, including pacts with France […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-04-07
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    United Nations: Fishing Treaty Approved (Dec. 1, 2009) 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, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing will become effective when ratified by 25 nations. FAO […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-12-01
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    Fiji: Anti-Doping Treaty Ratified (Nov. 24, 2010) On November 17, 2010, Fiji deposited its instrument of ratification of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport with the United Nations. Under the provisions of the treaty, it will come into force in Fiji on January 1, 2011. (Ratification by Fiji of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-11-24
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    China; Mexico: Extradition Treaty Ratified (June 19, 2012) Marisella Morales, the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, and China's ambassador to Mexico, Zeng Gang, exchanged the documents of ratification on the extradition treaty between the two countries. (Héctor Vargas, México y China Ratifican Tratado de Extradicción, EL FINANCIERO (June 11, 2012) [cut and past article title in Google if link […]
    • Contributor: Gutierrez, Norma
    • Date: 2012-06-19
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    European Union: Exclusive Competence over Marrakesh Treaty Confirmed (May 23, 2017) On February 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in line with a CJEU Advocate General’s opinion, ruled that the EU enjoys exclusive competence in defining copyright rules concerning materials intended for use by people with disabilities. The Court stated that the Treaty falls, to a large extent, […]
    • Contributor: Roudik, Peter
    • Date: 2017-05-23
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    Moldova: International Criminal Court Treaty Signed (Oct. 15, 2010) 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, 2011. The ICC, which has been in operation since 2002, tries persons accused of genocide, crimes […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-10-15
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    Bulgaria; European Union: Ratification of Lisbon Treaty (Apr. 2, 2008) On March 21, 2008, Bulgaria ratified the Lisbon Treaty; seven European Union Members that have endorsed the Treaty thus far. The other Members that have already done so include Austria, France, Hungary, Malta, Romania, and Slovenia. According to its advocates, the purpose of the Treaty, signed on December 13, 2007, by 27 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2008-04-02
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    United Nations: Treaty Signing Initiative Successful (Oct. 5, 2009) 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 on existing treaties. The documents involved covered a wide range of concerns, from protection of human […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2009-10-05
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    European Union: Sweden Ratifies Lisbon Treaty (Nov. 28, 2008) 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 – through the vote in favor of ratification by the Swedish Parliament. Two hundred members voted for […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2008-11-28
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    Netherlands: Accession to 1970 UNESCO Treaty (June 22, 2009) On June 10, 2009, the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (Staten-Generaal) approved legislation on the accession of the Netherlands to a major international treaty to protect cultural objects, the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970. […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-06-22
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    European Union: Treaty on Fiscal Compact (Feb. 3, 2012) On January 30, 2012, in the midst of Greece's desperate attempts to avert fiscal default, the European Union (EU) Members – except the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic – agreed on a new Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, otherwise known as the fiscal compact. […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2012-02-03
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    Czech Republic: Senate Ratifies the Lisbon Treaty (May 12, 2009) 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 Republic, the ratification becomes complete upon the signing of the treaty by the Czech President, Vaclav […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2009-05-12