Entries by RLS

Selection of Laws Recently Amended

The following laws have recently been amended: The Associations Law, published in the Official Gazette on September 1, 2013, was amended on April 4, 2017 through Legislative Decree No. 244. The amendments and additions to the law cover the terms and establishment of associations and cooperatives, the funding sources of associations, and the reporting of […]

Selection of Laws Recently Passed

The following laws have recently been passed by the National Assembly: The Law on the Prohibition of Torture was introduced on February 17, 2017, Presidential Decree No. 246, and was published in the Official Gazette on April 19, 2017. Its purpose is to strengthen the legal prohibition of torture, to promote criminal prosecutions, to ensure […]

Afghanistan Builders Association Special Meeting

On August 9, 2017, RLS associate Samem Jabarkhail attended the Afghanistan Builders Association Special Meeting. The event was largely celebratory, as the Board and members of the ABA showed their appreciation for the former President’s long-tenured stewardship. The Board has appointed Mr. Mowdood Popal as the acting President of the Association until elections are held […]

Asia Development Bank Seminar on Private Sector Operations

On July 31, RLS associate Jessica Wright attended the Asian Development Bank (“ADB”) seminar on Private Sector Operations. Around 50 people gathered at ADB’s Afghanistan Resident Mission to learn about ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department (“PSOD”), the ADB branch that seeks to identify commercially viable transactions that will generate financial returns for the bank and […]

Changes to Afghanistan’s Tax Law

RLS Partner Chantal Grut writes about changes to Afghanistan’s Tax Law in a recent article for Afghanistan Analysts Network. You can read the article here. An excerpt: “The 2009 Tax Law and its accompanying regulations were, and still are, a strong example of a law that was clearly drafted, accessible, and enforceable. When considering rule […]

Jessup Moot Court Competition, Kabul

RLS associates Abbas Mahvash, Freshta Zuhal Rahman, and Jessica Wright participated as judges at the Afghanistan National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Kabul from January 20-25. Students from eighteen Afghan universities argued a complex international law case that involved issues ranging from the legality of natural resource […]

The Trump Administration and Foreign Aid

Concerns that the Trump administration will dramatically cut foreign aid and withdraw from global development has many in the aid community on edge. Some fear that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with its $27.2 million annual budget, will be abolished completely, or diminished and folded into the State Department (The Guardian). As Foreign […]

New York City Marathon with Free to Run

On November 6, RLS associate Jessica Wright ran the New York City Marathon for Free to Run, an NGO that uses running, fitness, and adventure to empower and educate women and girls from conflict-affected communities. Free to Run is active in Afghanistan where they host after school athletic programs and community athletic events. In November, […]

Kabul Model United Nations

RLS was pleased to sponsor the first Kabul Model United Nations conference that was held at the Serena Hotel on November 3rd and 4th. More than 200 young Afghans from around the country participated in the event, which was set up to provide an “authentic simulation” of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. […]

Afghanistan Tax Law Presentation

On August 22nd, RLS, in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan, hosted a presentation on recent developments in Afghanistan’s tax law. The presentation addressed recent legislative changes, including the Law on Taxation Affairs Administration, coming legislative changes, including the Draft Income Tax Law and the Value Added Tax Law, and various implementation […]