November 28, 2008
What One Euro Can Buy: France Will Sell Tahitian Military Base to French Polynesia
Radio New Zealand International reported that the the French defence minister, Herve Morin, said this week that the French military base in Tahiti will be sold to French Polynesia for one euro. He announced the sale after talks with the French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, and Philip Schyle, the mayor of Arue (where the base is located). Mr Morin reportedly said that the 27-hectar site will be turned into a “breeding ground for businesses.”
Hat tip to the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii
November 27, 2008
This blog has had visitors from more than 90 countries since we started it just about six months ago. (Our six-month anniversary was November 19, 2008). We wish all of our readers a "Happy Thanksgiving," even if it is not a holiday celebrated in your country. Thanksgiving is a time when we can reflect on the blessings we have in this world, in our countries, with our families and friends, and in ourselves. We are thankful for all of the blessings we have, even while we share in the sorrows such as those suffered last night in India.
I celebrated Thanksgiving in Italy with my Italian family here in Vicenza, and with friends from Italy, Germany, and Iran.
November 26, 2008
Outsourcing Legal Work to India
Here's a link to the Wall Street Journal blog posting about outsourcing legal work to India.
WTO: Appellate Body Issues Report on Bananas
The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization has issued its report regarding the cases “European Communities — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas — Second Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Ecuador”, and “European Communities — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the United States.”
Click here for the findings and conclusions.
Click here for the full Appellate Body Report
And click here for a summary of the dispute
Free speech threatened in Singapore
Singapore's High Court on Tuesday found Wall Street Journal Asia in contempt of court for publishing two editorials and a letter to the editor that were found to be derogatory to Singapore's judiciary because they contained insinuations that Singapore's judiciary is biased, lacks impartiality and independence, and is subservient to the People's Action Party. The High Court held that finding the newspaper in contempt is consistent with the public interest exception to free speech under Singapore's constitution because the editorials have a tendency to interfere with the administration of justice. The case raises interesting parallels to the Sunday Times case from the United Kingdom, where the European Court of Justice ultimately held that the U.K. had violated its duties under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by holding the Sunday Times in contempt for publishing articles relating to ongoing class action tort litigation. As in the Singapore case, the U.K. government had taken the position that the published articles interefered with the administration of justice. However, the European Court of Human Rights decided that the public's need to know the information outweighed those concerns. In the case of Singapore, however, there is no regional human rights court that has jurisdiction to review a decision of the High Court, nor is Singapore is a party to the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Therefore, the decision of the High Court of Singapore will likely stand.
November 23, 2008
Free Listings for LL.M. Programs in the ILSA Quarterly
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) invites law schools to include information about LL.M. degree programs in the ILSA Quarterly . . . at no cost! The free listing form can be found online by clicking here. Send the listing to ILSA by December 20. In addition to the free listing, law schools can advertise (probably a good idea) in the ILSA Quarterly. The ILSA Quarterly features articles written by students, scholars and practitioners concerning timely issues of international law and related topics, as well as information on ILSA projects, study abroad programs, LL.M. programs and international career opportunities. Each issue reaches thousands students at law schools around the globe. The ILSA Quarterly is published four times during the U.S. academic year. The upcoming February issue is dedicated to LL.M. programs. Sample copies of the Quarterly are available on the ILSA website by clicking here.
Hat tip to Jill Schmieder Hereau, Programs Coordinator at the International Law Students Association.