Costa Rican Constitutional Court stops last CAFTA law project

The Courts declared the last process of the CAFTA implementation agenda project illegal, stopping its progress in the Legislative Assembly

Friday, September 12, 2008

The resolution by magistrates stops the processing of the plan which would reform several laws that have to do with intellectual property and the law on biodiversity.
Lawmakers did not consult with the indigenous communities about the law and the judges considered this to be a procedural error. The Government will ask to another extension on CAFTA from the US.

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Costa Rica clears constitutional hurdles for CAFTA

October 2008

The Costa Rican Constitutional Court approved the last law project for the trade agreement by ruling that it does not have any defects.

Said law is the "Law that reforms several regulations for matters relating to intellectual property," known in the legal environment as "project 12" and which, according to the court, has constitutional foundation and procedures.

Last Costa Rican CAFTA law approved

October 2008

Yesterday at 6:28 pm lawmakers approved the last implementation law for the FTA in the first round of debate.

This project was sent back to Congress by the Constitutional Court on September 11, after a previous approval by the full session of Congress was rejected by the magistrates who found errors in the procedural approval of the law.

Costa Rica will ask for an extension on CAFTA without a deadline

September 2008

Costa will ask the United States this week for an extension without a deadline to approve the last law required for CAFTA to come into force.

"I will see if they accept that when we make the pertinent modifications, which the Constitutional Court recommended, the commercial agreement will finally come into force," declared Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica, in statements published in the La Prensa Libre newspaper.

Costa Rican lawmakers study last CAFTA plan

September 2008

Members of the committee on Constitutional Consultation began to review the analysis of the ruling by the Constitutional Court on the last project of the CAFTA implementation agenda.

The committee on Constitutional Consultation has 48 hours to present a report on how they plan to resolve the defects and flaws detected by the Court.

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