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Linklaters – Australia moves one step closer to joining the global Magnitsky campaign

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Linklaters:  The Australian Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has recommended that the Australian Government enact legislation to establish a worldwide human rights sanctions regime. The Committee’s proposed model is informed by Canadian, UK and US models, but has notable unique features. The inquiry into an Australian human rights sanction regime …

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UK High Court Rules Government Cannot Leave EU Without Parliamentary Approval

Covington & Burling –  Today, the High Court of England and Wales held that the UK Government does not have the power to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU without first obtaining Parliamentary approval. The High Court’s decision will likely be the subject of an appeal heard by the UK Supreme Court in …

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Guide to Public Contracts Regulations 2015

The UK is ahead of the game with the implementation of the new EU public procurement directive (Directive 2014/24/EU). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 now apply to all public sector procurement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with effect from 26 February this year. The new sister EU directives governing the award of concession contracts …

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US Executive Orders Dealing with Korea over Recent Provocations

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White & Case – On January 2, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) authorizing the imposition of sanctions against the Government of North Korea and the Workers’ Party of Korea. Pursuant to this EO, the United States added new individuals and entities to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN …

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The Dawn Raid – Being Prepared Is the Name of the Game

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Clifford Chance -This article first appeared in the French daily financial newspaper ‘Les Echos’ on September 2, 2014 based on an interview with Clifford Chance partner Thomas Baudesson and counsel Charles-Henri Boeringer. Thomas and Charles-Henri, together with Karine Huberfeld wrote the second edition of a Practical guide for companies on how to handle search and …

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Mandated Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: Coming Soon to a Country Regulating You

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Baker & McKenzie – Disclosure of environmental, human rights and social risks is moving from its home between the glossy pages of voluntary reports into the hard-nosed realm of mandatory legal requirements, as evidenced by recent developments in the European Union and India. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports have proliferated in the past decade, but …

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions

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LawFuel.com – Skadden Arps – On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. The 5-4 opinion held that the individual aggregate limits under federal law are invalid under the First Amendment because they do not serve …

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