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Disputes matter – Autumn/Winter 2019

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Federal Council adopts dispatch to improve legal framework for blockchain and DLT

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 27 November 2019 the Federal Council adopted a dispatch message to improve the legal framework governing distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in Switzerland. The Federal Council’s objective is to increase legal certainty, remove obstacles to DLT-based applications and limit the risk of abuse. Parliament will examine the dispatch message in […]

Timor Leste: Second amendment to the Petroleum Act

By João Afonso Fialho By Law 6/2019, of 4th December 2019, the National Parliament approved a second amendment to the Petroleum Act (Law 13/2005, of 2 September 2005, as amend by Law 1/2019, of 18th January 2019), which entered into force on the 5 th December 2019. This Second Amendment reflects into the Petroleum Act […]

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By Conceição Gamito, Ana Raquel Costa, Jéssica Araújo, Rita Simão Luís NEW CUSTOMS TARIFF FOR IMPORT AND EXPORT DUTIES A new Customs Tariff for Import and Export Duties (“Customs Tariff”) was approved by Presidential Legislative Decree No. 10/19 of 29 November. The new Customs Tariff is geared at the modernization of the Angolan customs system […]

The 10 employment myths of Christmas

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