Law n°1448 of 28 june 2017 regarding International Private Law was published last friday in the Monaco official gazette. This new law is quite complex and covers jurisdiction of the Monaco courts, recognition of foreign judgments and foreign public deeds, conflicts of laws, personal status, marriage (in particular matrimonial regime, divorce and separation...), filiation and adoption, alimony and financial compensation, estates, contractual and non contractual obligations, assets, trusts. Among other things the new law allows the parties to choose the law applicable to their matrimonial regime, their divorce, and their estate. It conveys substantial changes in Monaco practice. We now need to see how the courts will understand the new provisions.


By: Bama Djokonugroho (Senior Associate) & Yasser Mandela (Junior Associate)

As 2017 gets underway, we would like to give a gentle reminder that the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (“IGF Code”), which was adopted on 11 June 2015 by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization, came into effect internationally on 1 January 2017.

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In June 2016[1]. The Apex Court confirmed that abuse of Sections 54 and 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1898, dealing with arrest on suspicion and subsequent remand, were inconsistent with the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The Appellate Court confirmed the directions issued by the High Court in 2004 and declared that in the full judgment it will issue specific guidelines for the Police for exercising its powers under S. 54 and 167 of the CrPC.

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By: Tracy S. Smith

It has been about a month since the Pokémon Go App was launched and it has become hard to ignore the popularity of the game (even if you want to). Groups of players, also known as “trainers”, can be found lingering around in public, quasi-public, and private areas in an effort to catch Pokémon, battle at a “gym”, or reap rewards at a local Pokéstop.

Read more: What to Know if Chasing a Pokémon… or if you Want to Catch a Pokémon-Chaser in Your Yard


On 22 June 2016, the Government of Indonesia issued Government Regulation No. 24 of 2016 (“GR No. 24/2016”), amending and improving Government Regulation No. 37 of 1998 concerning Land Deed Officials (Pejabat Pembuat Akta Tanah or commonly known as “PPAT”) (“GR No. 37/1998”). GR No. 24/2016 came into effect on 27 June 2016.

The promulgation of GR No. 24/2016 is intended to support the deregulation of land policy and accelerate the implementation of Indonesia's Economic Stimulus Packages. The following are key changes to GR No. 37/1998, among others

Read more: Salient Regulatory Changes on Land Deed Officials