Governmental Relations

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Holtzman, Elizabeth
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Governmental Relations

On February 20, 2020, Law No. 47-20 (the "Law") was signed into law. This Law establishes a legal framework to regulare the commencement, selection, awarding, procurement, execution, follow-up, and extinction of public-private alliances in the Dominican Republic.

The Law seeks to incentivize, promote, and guarantee the flow of necissary investments to modernize in due course the different public services and goods networks.

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Author: Alister Waters

With major Australian Defence contracts awarded to overseas providers, there is a firm push from industry to ensure Australian content. Alister Waters, looks at some recent developments. 

Australian Industry Capability Plans are a staple of Commonwealth Defence procurement, requiring prospective contractors to identify their supply chain, maximising Australian input. The level to which these requirements has actually been enforced has recently come into question, with it transpiring that the agreement with French owned Naval Group to build 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy does not contain a binding requirement for a certain level of Australian Industry participation.

Read more: Australian Industry Capability in the Spotlight

Author: Sylvain Bergès, Partner

In recent years, the French administration tend to turn preferably to public procurement contracts rather than to unilateral decisions. French administrative case law has evolved to address this trend, ensuring both the stability of contractual relationships and compliance with the principle of legality, which leads administrative action. It appeared essential to renew the administrative judge office to offer him a wide range of powers related to the contract future.

Read more: The powers of the administrative judge towards public procurement contracts in France

Author: David Miles

Three new Justices have been appointed to the UK Supreme Court and therefore will be eligible to sit as Judges in the Privy Council. This follows the retirement of Lord Mance in June, Lord Hughes in August and in anticipation of Lord Sumption's retirement in December.

Lady Justice Arden was Judge in Charge, currently Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales. She became a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in 2011 and is an ad hoc UK judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Lord Justice Kitchin was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2011. He was the Lord Justice responsible for the supervision of Intellectual Property appeals. He is the Chair of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University.

Read more: Three new Justices to the UK Supreme Court

Popa & Associates Law Firm announces that on August 10, 2017 it lodged an application with the European Court of Human Rights (the “ECHR”) on behalf and in the interests of Mr Vlad Filat. The decision to apply to the ECHR was taken by Vlad Filat in the context of his unlawful conviction by Moldovan magistrates.

Read more: Vlad Filat Applies to ECHR With Help from Popa & Associates Law Firm