Blog Archive: 2014

Global Internet Privacy: The Right to Be Forgotten

The “right to be forgotten” has become a global buzz phrase surrounding Internet privacy. It allows individuals to have certain data erased from Internet search engines so that third parties can no longer trace them. The issue has resulted from a growing desire to “determine the development of his life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past.” This past May, the Court of Justice of the European Union found a legal basis for individuals’ Internet protection within Article 12 of the Directive 95/46/EC.


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No Comments | Posted by Erin M. Ball on Mon. December 1, 2014 10:23 AM
Categories: European Union, France

Antidumping Laws Considered

On Friday, November 14, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) found importers from China and Indonesia in violation of anti-dumping regulations for selling monosodium glutamate (MSG) at unfairly low prices in the United States. The large discrepancy between Ajinomoto’s alleged margins and Commerce’s final margins, as well as the discrepancy between initial and final margins for the China MSG, highlight a concern many have when it comes to antidumping laws: distortion of the market.


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No Comments | Posted by Matthew P. Margiotta on Wed. November 26, 2014 3:29 PM
Categories: China, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, United States

Does State Marijuana Legalization Violate International Law?

The United States broke boundaries in 2012 when two states, Washington and Colorado, became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use.  The trend continued in 2014, when voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. voted to approve recreational marijuana legalization.  But, in doing so, the U.S. did not just indicate a major shift in its own long-standing national policy – it violated international law.
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No Comments | Posted by Michael B. Cohen on Sun. November 23, 2014 8:56 PM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Drugs and other contraband, United Nations

Climate Change: Changing the Perspective of the Argument

Nearly seventeen years have passed since the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“Kyoto Protocol”) was introduced. The protocol's purpose was to push signatory nations to reduce greenhouse gases. The United States signed on to the protocol, but it was never ratified, and the country withdrew support in 2001. Moreover, some of the world’s largest emissions producers did not ratify it— maybe a change in perspective is needed.


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No Comments | Posted by Paul L. Comer on Fri. November 21, 2014 11:13 AM
Categories: Climate Change

South Korean Maritime Law: A Need for Reform

A South Korean captain was sentenced to thirty-six years imprisonment for failing to save passengers as his ferry was sinking off the nation’s coast. Less attention has focused on the fact that the ship was overloaded with cargo well past the point of illegality.


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No Comments | Posted by Alexandria J. Weller on Thu. November 20, 2014 12:11 PM
Categories: Admiralty law, South Korea

Famous Marks in America: A Dangerous Void

America was one of the largest proponents of the TRIPS agreement, an international agreement regarding intellectual property protection, and is arguably the reason this agreement exists. With 16 of the 34 disputes involving TRIPS at the WTO stemming from complaints filed by the United States, we are heavily invested in enforcing the treaty. ou would think someone so quick to point out others TRIPS treaty violations would make scrupulously sure their own house was in order. At least with respect to famous trademarks, you would be wrong.


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No Comments | Posted by Daniel W. Cole on Thu. November 13, 2014 4:01 PM
Categories: Intellectual property, Trademarks, United States

U.N. Report Finds Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

On Tuesday February 18 the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, asked world powers to refer the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This comes not in response to their nuclear efforts, but to a recent U.N. report which documents crimes against humanity that have been, and still are, occurring in the isolated, impoverished country of North Korea.


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No Comments | Posted by Ian A. Biggs on Wed. April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, International Law, North Korea, United Nations

Federal Circuit Will Reconsider Personal Liability of Corporate Officer's Grossly Negligent Misrepresentation to Customs

A corporate officer of an importer of record is not directly liable for gross negligence when misrepresenting the value of imported merchandise to Customs and Border Protection, according to the Federal Circuit Appeals Court ruling in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. on July 30, 2013. This seemingly well settled principle, based on traditional notions of personal liability protection under the corporate law shield, will soon be tested because the Federal Circuit has granted the U.S. Government’s petition for an en banc rehearing of this case.


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No Comments | Posted by Andrea D. Solorzano on Wed. April 16, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Free Trade, International Law

Sneak Preview: Balancing Freedom of Speech on the Internet Under International Law

Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right which allows people to communicate freely. However, inappropriate communication often leads to conflicts in society. Inappropriate communication can provoke anger and ignite flame wars between people. In particular, inappropriate communication in cultural diversity can easily constitute intercultural or cross-cultural conflict. The “Innocence of Muslims” is an example of inappropriate communication which...


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Mon. April 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: International Law

Sneak Preview: The Limits of Regulatory Science in the Governance of Transgenic Plant Agriculture and Food Systems

The current national and transnational regulatory and policy framework for transgenic plant agriculture and food is arguably largely defined by science. Notably, transgenic plant agriculture policy deference to science is ostensibly premised on the general perception that science is neutral, objective, reliable, and agnostic. This is exemplified by cases that range from Alliance for Bio-integrity v Donna Shalala, European Communities: Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech Products, to European Commission v Republic of Poland, in which conscientious, ethical, religious, and cultural oppositional grounds to transgenic plant agriculture and food were trumped by scientific imperatives. However, the lack of unanimity of views amongst scientists on...


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Fri. April 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Food and agriculture, International Law
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