NZ Takes Flight with Modernized Aviation Act
New Zealand's skies officially entered a new era on April 5th, 2023, with the implementation of the Civil Aviation Act 2023. This comprehensive overhaul of the nation's aviation regulations replaces the outdated Acts of 1990 and 1966, paving the way for a safer, more modern, and future-proofed civil aviation system.
Turkey's Top Court Drops the Hammer, No More Forced Surnames for Wives
In a landmark decision, Turkey's highest court, the Constitutional Court, has invalidated a controversial provision requiring married women to adopt their husband's surname. This move, hailed by women's rights advocates as a major victory for gender equality, marks a significant shift in the country's social and legal landscape.
Investing in Turkey's Future: New Laws Reshape Real Estate Opportunities
The Turkish real estate market, long a magnet for foreign buyers and domestic investors alike, has undergone a significant transformation in recent months. A series of new laws, effective as of October 16, 2023, have reshaped the landscape, impacting everything from residency requirements to property valuations.
Procedural Reforms in Dutch Criminal Code
The Netherlands has taken a significant step towards modernizing its criminal justice system by introducing a comprehensive overhaul of its Criminal Code, the first such update in over a century. This landmark legislation, which came into effect on January 1, 2023, aims to address contemporary societal challenges and enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement.
EU Tightens Grip on Ferry Stability Standards Amid Growing Safety Concerns
In a significant move towards bolstering safety standards for ferry travel across Europe, the Council of the European Union has adopted groundbreaking legislation aimed at improving the stability requirements for ro-ro (roll-on/roll-off) passenger ships, commonly known as ferries.
Australia Environmental Legislation on Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss
Australia has taken a significant step towards safeguarding its precious ecosystems by introducing a series of groundbreaking environmental legislations in 2023. These measures, crafted with a keen eye towards sustainability and environmental protection, aim to address pressing environmental issues and pave the way for a greener future.
EU's latest aviation laws
In a significant step towards achieving its climate goals, the European Union (EU) Council has adopted a new regulation aimed at decarbonizing the aviation sector. The RefuelEUAviation initiative, which is part of the EU's broader 'Fit for 55' package, will introduce a series of measures to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry.
New constitution of Uzbekistan
The Constitution of Uzbekistan was originally ratified in 1992, one year after the country became an independent state. However, as part of the comprehensive reform programme led by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a new set of constitutional reforms has been prepared. These reforms would establish Uzbekistan as a sovereign, democratic, legal, social and secular state with a republican form of government.
UAE – New sports law 2023
The General Authority of Sports (GAS) convened a media briefing to discuss the Federal Law No. 4 of 2023 concerning sports.This law is unprecedented in the UAE's sports sector due to its comprehensive new articles and provisions, which will contribute significantly to achieving the desired development in all aspects of sports work. This development perfectly aligns with the National Sports Strategy 2031 objectives, which aim to enhance the regulatory framework and sports infrastructure.
Tanzania – Finance Act of 2023
The amendment has now excluded from tax capital investments made in a resident entity that result in a change in the underlying ownership of an entity by reason of the issuance of new shares. This is a welcome change as it should foster investment in the country. However, the amendment does not clearly address the outcome if new shares are allotted in other group entities that indirectly own the Tanzanian entity.
China family legislations 2023
In China, marital property is theoretically required to be divided equally between the spouses upon a divorce. But without an enforceable obligation to make full disclosure of assets, there has inevitably been a yawning gap between theory and practice. Until recently, no such obligation to disclose assets existed in China.
Australia – Indigenous Voice rejected 2023
A referendum on October 14 for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to be recognised was voted by a 60% ‘No’ by the voters in the parliament. The defeat was a blow to the hard fighting struggle of the indigenous advocates for recognition of their lives in the constitution and nation against discrimination, for better healthcare facilities and economic outcomes.
Bahrain abolishes rape law 2023
On June 26, 2023, the king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, approved Law No. 7 of 2023, which repeals article 353 of Decree Law No. 15 of 1967 on the Penal Code. The new law was published in the Bahraini official gazette on the same day.
Taiwan’s constitution 2023
Two civil society groups in favor of Taiwan's independence called on the government to abandon the Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC) and draft a new constitution with "Taiwan" designated the country's official name. The government should "use Taiwan as its full country name" and "formulate a Taiwan Constitution" based on the premise that "Taiwan and China are not subordinate to one another!
Philippines legislative measures 2023
A total of 20 legislative measures were approved by the Legislative executive development advisory (LEDAC),presided by the President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., includes, the Amendments of the BOT Law/PPP bill, National Disease Prevention Management Authority, Internet Transactions Act/E-Commerce Law, Health Emergency Auxillary Reinforcement Team (Heart) Act, formerly Medical Reserve Corps, Virology Institute of the Philippines, Mandatory ROTC and NSTP, Revitalizing the Salt Industry, Valuation Reform, E-Government/E-Governance, and Ease of Paying Taxes.
Lithuania bans Totalitarian and Authoritarian regimes
The Republic of Lithuania adopted the Law on the Prohibition of Promotion of Totalitarian, Authoritarian Regimes and Their Ideologies. The law enters into force on May 1, 2023. The new law establishes legal grounds for banning the promotion of both totalitarian and authoritarian regimes and their ideologies in public places, and introduces the procedures and rules for recognizing, removing, and replacing public objects that depict the signs and symbols of such regimes.
Japan’s global minimum taxation
On March 28, 2023, Japan enacted a Pillar Two Income Inclusion Rule from April 1, 2024. South Korea, was the first country to enact a global minimum tax law (on December 31, 2022), and a number of other jurisdictions have draft laws in place or have partially enacted legislation.
Sweden Alien’s Act 2023
Sweden clamps down the loopholes abused by the asylum seekers waiting to enter the country as the government announced stricter rules for those wanting to avail themselves of family reunification schemes. The country has been witnessing a sharp spike on crimes and criminal gangs in the new migrant communities.
Oman new maritime legislations 2023
On March 30th, 2023, Sultani Decree No. 19/2023 was issued promulgating Oman’s new Maritime Law (“Decree”). The Decree repeals the old Maritime Law enacted by Sultani Decree No. 35/1981 and the Law Regulating Maritime Navigation in Territorial Waters promulgated by Sultani Decree No. 98/1981, as well as any other related laws and regulations that conflict with its provisions. The main aim of the new Maritime Law is to regulate Oman’s maritime industry, prioritize navigation, seafarer and maritime environment safety, and promote its growth.
Cambodia’s new health legislations 2023
On June 21,2023 Cambodia government adopted a new law on Civil Registration, ensuring the registration of every birth and death along with other vital life events effectively. This comprehensive framework establishes a legal system linking the civil registration of births and death along with the individual identification and residence, thereby establishing a universal right of an identity card for all citizens and also ensuring protection of privacy and personal data.