Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is located in Western Asia, making up a bulk of the  Arabian Peninsula. The country is the Middle East’s largest sovereign state, the fifth largest in Asia, and the second largest in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia is the only country to share a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast border. It has the largest economy, population, and size in the Middle East.

Islam, which is the  world's second-largest religion, was founded in Saudi Arabia. Modern-day Saudi Arabia was previously broken up into four regions, Hejaz, Najd and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Ahsa) and Southern Arabia ('Asir). The founder of the country,  Ibn Saud, had unified these four regions by 1932. Since this time, the country has ruled as an absolute monarchy.

Petroleum was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938. Since this time it has become the second largest exporter of oil in the world, after the US. It maintains hold of the second largest oil reserves and sixth largest gas reserves in the world today. The country is an acting member in OPEC,  Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the GCC.

Although Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, the  Basic Law of Saudi Arabia requires the King to abide by  Sharia. The Quran and the Sunnah are considered to serve as the country’s constitution. Political parties and national elections aren’t permitted in Saudi Arabia. Outside of the royal family and the Al-Saud, influence in politics and government is extremely limited in the country.

The primary source of law in Saudi Arabia is Islamic Sharia. The Sharia isn’t codified, nor is there a system of  judicial precedent in the country. Judges are allowed to use independent reasoning in levying legal interpretations and decisions. Royal decrees are another main source of law in the country, and supplement the Sharia in labor, commercial and corporate law.  The death penalty is still in place, for crimes including drug use, witchcraft, sorcery, armed robbery, rape, and murder, among others.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN, a founding member of  Arab League, the  Muslim World League, Gulf Cooperation Council, and plays a significant role in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund . Saudi Arabia and the United States are strategic allies, although relations have strained during the Obama Administration.

The National Law Review has the latest coverage and legal news about Saudi Arabia online. Visitors can read about international sanctions in energy and environmental news, money laundering, international sports news, litigation, foreign affairs, and world news. 

Date Title Organization
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Feb
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Economic and M&A Market Trends for 2024 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Feb
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30
Jan
Turkey | Visa-Free Entry Expanded to Six Countries Berry Appleman & Leiden
24
Jan
International Privacy Law Update Polsinelli PC
4
Dec
Louisiana District Court Denies Motion to Compel Arbitration Pursuant to DIFC-LCIA Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
23
Nov
Routes to Reorganisation: A Comparative Study of the Insolvency Procedures Available in the UAE, KSA, US and England and Wales Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
27
May
The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration Adopts New Arbitration Rules K&L Gates
29
Mar
New GCC rules for employers, Part 4 (KSA) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
23
Mar
New GCC Rules for Employers, Part 3 – Revised KSA Personal Data Protection Law (KSA) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
22
Aug
New Saudi Companies Law 2022: Key Changes, and Next Steps for Companies in KSA Bracewell LLP
26
May
How to Make Informed Performance Bond and International Arbitration Decisions in Dubai and Saudi [VIDEO] Bracewell LLP
14
Mar
Saudi Arabia’s New Personal Data Protection Law – Key Points for Employers Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
12
Dec
UAE Law Regarding the Protection of Personal Data Bracewell LLP
2
Nov
Updates to Saudi Arabia's Data Protection Law Bracewell LLP
28
Sep
Saudi Arabia Approves a New Judicial Fees Law K&L Gates
1
Sep
Anti-Concealment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Bracewell LLP
8
Jul
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approves new Anti-Financial Fraud and Deceit Law Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
8
Jun
Global Employment Law Update - Part 6: Russia to South Africa McDermott Will & Emery
17
Mar
Sanctions and Export Control Developments in the First 50 Days of the Biden Administration Vedder Price
24
Jun
VAT and Customs Duty Increases in Saudi Arabia – Implications for Investment into the Kingdom Bracewell LLP
11
May
VAT to Increase to 15% in KSA – What Does This Mean for PPPs? Bracewell LLP
10
Apr
“Agreement in Principle” on OPEC Production Cuts? Foley & Lardner LLP
18
Feb
Weekly IRS Roundup February 10 – 14, 2020 McDermott Will & Emery
16
Jan
Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2020 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
20
Dec
Wait, I Might Be Participating in a Boycott? Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
10
Jan
Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019: Mexico, Central and South America and the Middle East Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
25
Oct
Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation: October 25, 2018: OECD, Asia, Americas and Middle East Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
20
Aug
Is Tesla’s Bid to Privatize a Clever Move to Put off Insolvency? Foley & Lardner LLP
11
May
Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation: May 2018: Americas, Asia and Middle East Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
11
Apr
The Regulations of Food-Contact Materials in the Middle East Keller and Heckman LLP
26
Oct
Islamic Development Bank Blockchain Project K&L Gates
26
Jul
High Court Rules That UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Are Lawful Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
9
Jun
Force Majeure: Preserving Contractor Rights During Qatar Diplomatic Crisis; What You Need to Know Hunton Andrews Kurth
8
Jun
Economic Transformations: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
6
Jun
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 — Ambitions to Modernize and Diversify the Economy Covington & Burling LLP
15
Jan
Saudi F-15 Fighter Support Contract Decision Holds Keys To Winning Bid Protests . . . and To Winning Proposals Holland & Hart LLP
10
Dec
Saudi Arabia to Introduce Revolutionary New Insolvency Law in 2016 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Aug
Saudi Arabia Oil and Gas – The Eye of the Storm? Hunton Andrews Kurth
26
Aug
Middle East Business Expansion – The Strategic Themes and Opportunities Hunton Andrews Kurth
29
Apr
Saudi Arabia Still Remains Kingpin in the Middle East Projects Market Hunton Andrews Kurth
8
Jan
World Future Summit in Abu Dhabi to Focus on Renewable Energy Hunton Andrews Kurth
7
Jan
The Middle East Energy Sector – Key Themes for 2015 Hunton Andrews Kurth
17
Nov
Canada Simplifies the Visa Application Process for Saudi Nationals; No Talk of Reciprocity Greenberg Traurig, LLP
21
Oct
Ebola Spurs Global Cooperation to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Future Health Crises Covington & Burling LLP
9
Oct
Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
7
Oct
India Expected to Implement E-Visa Processing in 2015 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
30
Sep
Innovation to the Fore as Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Audience Looks at Middle East Opportunities Hunton Andrews Kurth
15
Sep
OTC Derivatives Regulators Issue Report Regarding Cross-Border Issues Katten
21
Jul
Deep-Water Knowledge Will Be Key to Saudi Aramco’s Red Sea Play Hunton Andrews Kurth
18
Apr
Energy and Environment Law and Regulatory Update - April 15, 2012 Mintz
 

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