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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| Posted by Erin M. Ball on Mon. December 1, 2014 10:23 AM
Categories: European Union, France
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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| Posted by Matthew P. Margiotta on Wed. November 26, 2014 3:29 PM
Categories: China, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, United States
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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| Posted by Michael B. Cohen on Sun. November 23, 2014 8:56 PM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Drugs and other contraband, United Nations
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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| Posted by Paul L. Comer on Fri. November 21, 2014 11:13 AM
Categories: Climate Change
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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| Posted by Daniel W. Cole on Thu. November 13, 2014 4:01 PM
Categories: Intellectual property, Trademarks, United States
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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| Posted by Ian A. Biggs on Wed. April 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, International Law, North Korea, United Nations
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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| Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Fri. April 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Food and agriculture, International Law