Corruption was so prevalent in Romania that when it joined the European Union in 2007, along with Bulgaria, the European Commission established the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) specifically for these two countries in order to assess Romania’s progress in fighting corrupt practices. Romania has made progress in its fight against corruption, but, if the recent protests in Romania are any indication, Romania still has a long way to go before the CVM reaches its expiration date of 2019.
The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? You may have heard of it before, but not known what it actually meant. The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? Workplace pay is one area that the glass ceiling applies to and Iceland is attempting to tear it down.
A recent case before the European Court on Human Rights has raised the issue of surrogacy as a form of human trafficking. While Article 8 prohibits “interference by a public authority with the exercise of” the right to private life and family life, in January the Court determined that removal of a six-month-old child from his adoptive parents was not a violation of this right.
Has the anti-establishment, anti-European Union, anti-Islam and immigration movement finally begun to waiver? This question is impossible to answer, but an examination of the Netherlands election held in March 2017 could provide some insight.
According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President shall be elected by a direct election from the people for a five-year term. The President may seek reelection only once. However, the President shall remain in office until the President-Elect “effectively assumes his functions.” Whatever the reason, Kabila has stayed in office well beyond the expiration of his term.
Catalonia is a part of Spain geographically larger than some EU countries. However, the 7.5 million inhabitants of Catalonia neither speak Spanish nor consider themselves Spaniards. Does international law provide a foundation for the ongoing claims for Catalonian independence?
Sweden has sought to have American lobsters reclassified as an invasive species in the European Union. This decision would prohibit the import of American lobsters into all 27 countries with confirmed EU membership. Can environmental protection laws successfully limit international trade?
A number of island nations face the potential of losing land mass due to climate change. Some nations could become uninhabitable due to loss of farmable land and contamination of fresh water sources. The peoples of such nations face the possibility of statelessness. How can atoll nations prepare today for their citizens' future?
International and unilateral agreements to regulate global resources are often questionably effective in their ability to effect change. One Pacific nation has taken matters into its own hands in establishing marine sanctuaries and no take zones to protect its resources and prevent mass extinction.
Real Madrid is getting ready for the Champion Leagues Final this weekend. One player's hometown recently changed the name of its airport to reflect local pride in its star native son. Should Cristiano Ronaldo be worrying about a defamation claim for a statue recently installed there in the Madeira Islands?
World War II wounds have once again resurfaced in the form of legal action, this time against the country of Croatia. Descendants of Croatian Serbs, Jews and Roma are now seeking repayment for their relatives' seized property and suffering during World War II. This post analyzes this current controversy under adhere to the intent of the UNIDROIT convention and Croatia's responsibility to repatriate any property now its its control from World War II.
Hungary has one of the most draconian refugee policies in the European Union. Today's blog post discusses Hungary's Refugee Policy and why it likely violates the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1667 Protocol.
The Red Cross symbol, despite being well-known, is not part of the public domain. It is subject to international law under the Geneva Convention. Today's blog post discusses the game Prison Architect and its inadvertent violation of international law by using the symbol.
Deciding to attend law school is a big decision. Not just the time and mental commitment, but the financial commitment as well. Today's blog post discusses the cost of law school tuitions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Child care is one of the biggest, and costliest, decisions parents must make. Today's blog post discusses the requirements the US federal and state governments place on child care providers. Then, the post discusses the child care issues in Japan and the rise in uncertified day care centers, also called "Baby Hotels."
American's enjoy a constitutional right to freedom of speech. However, this right is not unviersal. Certian European countries place limits on freedom of speech. Today's blog post discusses the European laws regarding freedom of speech and hate speech.
Animal trapping has been part of human history for many centuries. However, not all methods for animal trapping are humane. Today's post discusses animals trapping and the need for international regulations to prevent and minimize animal suffering.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recently extradited to the United States. His decades-long run from the police has come to an end and he has pled not-guilty to 17 federal drug trafficking offenses. Today's post discusses extradition laws, and why many countries are hesitant to extradite alleged criminals to the United States.
In an ever-increasing, technology dominated world, it is important for companies to understand what data they collect from their customers. Today's blog post discusses U.S. and E.U. privacy laws. In particular, it focuses on the U.S.'s COPPA and the E.U.'s GDPR.
On April 23rd, France will hold its presidential election. Unlike the United States, France limits the formal campaign period to the two weeks leading up to the election. Thus, formal campaigning began on April 9th and must conclude by 11:59 PM on April 21st. Today's post discusses the differences between presidential races in United States and France.
In October 2016, the Paris Agreement was ratified. This Agreement brought together the international community in an effort to address climate change. Today's post discusses the specifics of the Agreement. Then, the post discusses how President Trump's policies may affect the future of the Agreement.
On Dec. 21, 2016, the U.N. General Assembly voted on a resolution laying the groundwork for the formation of an ad hoc tribunal to address the armed conflict in the Syrian region. Today's post discusses the specifics on the U.N. vote.
The United States ranks 28th in the world for green initiatives. Germany ranks 4th. Today's post discusses Germany's Renewable Energy Sources Act. In particular, this post looks at how the law has evolved since it was enacted in 2000.
The idea of "building a wall" has become very common in the past year. But it is not a new problem. Other countries such as North Korea, South Korea, and Israel-Palestine have faced border issues. Today;s post provides a brief history of Cyprus and discusses the possible reunification of Cyprus.
In January of 2017, the German Parliament approved to legalize medical marijuana. Today's blog post discusses the global trend to legalize medical marijuana. In particular, the article discusses how the new German law will work and how it may impact neighboring countries and, potentially, the world.
Cities and communities are passing laws to control crime and nuisances. Many of these laws limit the number of times an occupant of a rental property may call the police within a certain time period. Today's post discusses Lakisha Brigg's situation and how these laws penalize domestic violence victims.
Currently, the following countries allow flag desecration: the United States, Australia, Canada, and Denmark. However, the follow countries made flag desecration illegal: Israel, Saudi Arabia, and France. Today's post provides a brief overview of the flag desecration laws of the mentioned countries.