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International Journal of Public Law and Policy


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International Journal of Public Law and Policy (3 papers in press)


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  • Filling the Legal Vacuum in Combatting Maritime Crimes: A Law Reform Strategy for Malaysia   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdul Ghafur Hamid 
    Abstract: Maritime security is a major concern for Malaysia as a maritime nation. The crucial question nevertheless is whether there are adequate laws to deal with key maritime crimes that need effective law enforcement measures. The paper finds that no maritime offences are criminalized in the Penal Code, the principal criminal law of Malaysia and that there is neither an anti-piracy law nor any other special criminal law available in Malaysia to combat maritime crimes. A regretful failure to apply a more appropriate law to prosecute Somali pirates demonstrates well an urgent need in Malaysia for a law reform that can effectively combat maritime crimes. On the basis of an analysis of the laws of selected common law countries, the paper concludes with suggestions on proposed maritime crimes law to be recommended to the Government of Malaysia.
    Keywords: Maritime security threats; maritime crimes in Malaysia; lack of anti-piracy law; proposed maritime crimes law.

  • Digital Privacy in a Media Orientated World   Order a copy of this article
    by Rolf H. Weber, Dominic Staiger 
    Abstract: The article introduces the key challenges in a media oriented world focusing on the surveillance capabilities as well as potential risk mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the key legal provisions governing media devices in the US, the EU as well as Australia are assessed.
    Keywords: surveillance; media; privacy; data protection.

  • Immunity or Exemption: What are the consequences for sovereign wealth funds with respect to sovereign immunity vis-   Order a copy of this article
    by Sally-Ann Joseph 
    Abstract: Sovereign wealth funds are generally afforded tax relief either via immunity or tax exemption. Often considered synonyms, these terms are disparate in a taxation context. While differences in definition are subtle, they are more marked when one considers their basis, legal system, institutional process and how they are derived. Notwithstanding the outcome of granting immunity and total exemption is identical, in that no tax liability arises, their impacts and effects on institutions, processes and policies differ. Assessing the effects of immunity and exemptions against tax principles has mixed results. Neither immunity nor exemption is manifestly superior with respect to efficiency and simplicity whereas an exemption is clearly preferable when equity and certainty are considered. A balanced assessment therefore favors the provision of a tax exemption over the granting of immunity. However, if immunity is to be granted, it is recommended that government interference be minimized and the process is transparent.
    Keywords: Sovereign wealth funds; tax policy; sovereign immunity; immunity; tax exemptions; tax principles; tax relief; investment income.