PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS IN ARUBA

Differences with the United States
Civil proceedings in Aruba differ substantially from those in the United States. In Aruba there are, for instance, no juries. In principle, legal proceedings are basically conducted in writing.

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Personal Data Protection Act for the BES islands

Because of the political changes within the Kingdom, Article 10 of the Constitution (right to respect for one’s privacy) will also come into effect on the BES islands.

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"Previous government had relaxed option conditions Ritz Carlton"

ORANJESTAD — ‘For inexplicable reasons’ the Aruban government had relaxed the option conditions for Hotelco regarding the terrain at Fisherman’s Hut when it appeared the project developer could not comply with a number of points in the option-agreement.

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Parliament divided on second legal advice Ritz-Carlton

ORANJESTAD — The AVP-party is thinking about requesting a new State-meeting regarding the second legal advice to the government on the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

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200 million for Curacao

Finance Commissioner Mike Willem said the Island Territory would soon get a NAf. 200-million windfall. The extra revenues stem from a judgment of the European Court in the framework of the Kingdom Tax Regulation BRK.

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Islands to adapt their draft constitutions

THE HAGUE--The draft constitutions of Curaçao and St. Maarten need to be adapted on the advice of the Kingdom Council of Ministers.

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Nine new judges

The Council of Ministers for the Kingdom has agreed this morning, on the proposal of State Secretary Ank Bijleveld Schouten (Kingdom Relations, CDA), to appoint nine new judges.

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International Abduction Treaty Trumps Parental Rights, Says U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - An order prohibiting the removal of a child from a country without the noncustodial parent's consent is enforceable under an international child abduction treaty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

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Constitutional and justice consultation

Justice and constitutional affairs officials of St. Maarten, Curaçao and the Netherlands Antilles discussed how they will work together in areas such as the common court of justice, the prosecutor's office and the joint police facility during a meeting in Curaçao on Monday.

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New lawyer sworn in

Since end of March law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Curacao has a new lawyer: Eva Pennings. She was sworn in at the Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba on 11 May.

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THE NEW SURINAM NV

An introduction to draft legislation

The law of the Republic of Surinam is in full swing. The Surinam government on a continuing basis is striving to introduce legislation in order to enhance its ability to attract quality business.

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Islands fight for scholarship students

The Passaat Recruitment Days 2010 held in Rotterdam last weekend have exceeded all expectations.

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Court orders mediator to solve UFA/Menzies dispute

PHILIPSBURG--During a court hearing last Friday the judge ordered that United Federation of the Windward Antilles UFA and Menzies Aviation should appoint a mediator within two weeks to resolve the deadlock over a requested five per cent across-the-board increase for staffers.

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Senate approves seven BES laws

THE HAGUE--The Dutch First Chamber on Tuesday unanimously approved seven legislation proposals to incorporate the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba into the Dutch Constellation per October 10, 2010.

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Legalising abortion in one year possible

THE HAGUE--The term to implement the legislation of abortion in one year and euthanasia and same sex marriages in two years on the BES islands Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius is short, but it is possible, Dutch caretaker State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten told the First Chamber on Tuesday.

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Lecture mr. Karel Frielink 7 May 2010

On 7 May the conference "Handelsmissie: Zaken doen met de Nederlandse Antillen, Aruba en Suriname" was held in Avila Beach Hotel. Mr. Karel Frielink of Spigthoff Attorneys at Law and Tax Advisers held a lecture entitled " Zaken doen met de Nederlandse Antillen, Aruba en Suriname - Het komende Surinaamse rechtspersonenrecht".

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Lezing 13 April 2010 Good Corporate Governance op Curacao

‘Good Corporate Governance op Curacao: Publieke controle en rechterlijke toetsing zijn noodzakelijke voorwaarden voor succes’ door mr. Karel Frielink

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Lezing 26 februari 2010 Symposium symposium "Overheid en aansprakelijkheid"

door mr. Karel Frielink / Spigthoff Advocaten en Belastingadviseurs

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Wealth Preservation LatAm 2010

From 10 to 12 May the Wealth Preservation LatAm 2010 conference will be held on Curacao.

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INADEQUATE CAPITALIZATION OF AN ARUBAN COMPANY

Liability for thin-capitalization?

In terms of ‘piercing the corporate veil’, thin or inadequate capitalization usually means capitalization that is not in proportion to the nature of the risks the business of the corporation necessarily entails; in other words it is based on likely economic needs rather than legal requirements

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