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
By: Lucien J. Dhooge
This article analyzes Canadian litigation captioned Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation which seeks recognition of an $18.2 billion judgment entered in Ecuador in 2011 in what has been labeled as one of the world’s largest environmental lawsuits. The article examines Chevron’s involvement in Ecuador through its predecessor in interest (Texaco) and the history of proceedings in Ecuador, Canada, and the United States and before the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The article then discusses the recognition of foreign judgments in Canada with emphasis upon the public policy defense. The article concludes that utilization of this defense presents significant issues affecting the reputation and credibility of the Canadian judiciary and its liberal approach with respect to recognition of foreign judgments.
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| Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Fri. November 8, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Canada, Conflict of Laws