By Scott C. Hall.

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took the opportunity to highlight various successes resulting from the rule and to promote continuing drone innovation and operations. Yet, while much progress has been made in commercial drone use over the past year, an honest assessment also requires acknowledging that there are still many obstacles to overcome, and much work to do, to fully realize the benefits of commercial drone operation in the U.S.

One particularly notable success for the drone industry has been the important role played by drones in supporting emergency response and rescue efforts in connection with recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. In addition to the use of drones by media outlets to provide news coverage of otherwise inaccessible areas affected by the hurricanes, the FAA issued well over 100 specific authorizations – sometimes within hours of a request – to drone operators performing time-sensitive search and rescue missions or assessing damage to roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in disaster areas. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta commented on the role of drones in the wake of recent hurricanes as a "landmark in the evolution of drone usage in the country."

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In the recent case of A Limited FURBS [2017] 21/2017, the Guernsey Court held that, in the exceptional circumstances arising, it was appropriate for the trustees to submit to the jurisdiction of the English Court in divorce proceedings involving one of the trust’s beneficiaries.

The case, detailed further below, will provide useful guidance for Isle of Man trustees affected by foreign proceedings.

Similar to the position in Guernsey, the Isle of Man’s trust legislation includes firewall provisions, the purpose of which is to exclude the recognition or enforcement of foreign court orders or judgments that are inconsistent with Isle of Man trust law or the terms of an Isle of Man trust unless the Isle of Man High Court orders that such orders or judgments are to be recognised.

Read more: Guidance for Trustees - when should you submit to the jurisdiction of a foreign court?


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.

Read more: Policing the Police - A Judicial Intervention in Bangladesh