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Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators, Not Courts, Are To Interpret A Treaty’s Arbitration Prerequisite

The United States Supreme Court has held that arbitrators, not courts, bear the primary responsibility for interpreting and applying a local litigation requirement of an investment treaty between the United Kingdom and...more

INTERPOL and Religion

INTERPOL is dedicated to providing global cooperation between the law enforcement agencies for all of its member countries. Obviously, the primary goal of an organization such as INTERPOL is enforcement of the laws of its...more

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF...

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS. The attached communication -- "Towards a comprehensive European framework for...more

PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Brief For Southeastern Legal Foundation, CATO Institute, And Goldwater Institute As Amici Curiae In Support Of The Petition For...

An American energy company called PPL bought one of many state-owned British utilities privatized in the 1980s. In 1997, PPL thus became subject to the U.K.'s new "windfall tax," which was based in part on "profit-making...more

Ninth Circuit Latest to Permit Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute; Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in 2012

In Sarei v. Rio Tinto, PLC, Nos. 02-56256, 02-56390, 09-56381, 2011 WL 5041927 (9th Cir. Oct. 25, 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the latest Circuit to hold that corporations may be held...more

The Assassination of Mummar Gaddafi illegal under International Law

The Assassination of Mummar Gaddafi illegal under International Law On the 18th of October, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tripoli, Libya. She stated in unusually blunt terms that she would like...more

Spratlys Idiosyncrasies : Does the Philippines Have What It Takes to Prevail Over China?

This write-up will not dwell on the political and military capability of the Philippines over a rising power such as China, but will provide a sketch of the relative legal merits of the Philippine claims over the Spratlys...more

in Re: Chiquita Brands International Alien Tort Litigation

Opinion & Order on Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiffs allege claims against Chiquita Brands International under 28 U.S.C. sec. 1350, commonly known as the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS'"), for terrorism; material support to terrorist organizations; torture; extrajudicial...more

Graham v. Florida & Sullivan v. Florida

Brief for Solidarity Center for Law and Justice, et al., as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent

These two cases involve an Eighth Amendment challenge to juvenile sentences of life without parole. Taking no position on the constitutionality (or wisdom) of this type of sentence, Cato joined the Solidarity Center for Law...more

Court Precedent Determining the Limits of Tribal Sovereignty in Agua Claiente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Fair Political Practices...

The Los Angeles Times reported (July 17, 2008) that on June 29th, the Agua Caliente Band dropped its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court against California State and the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) after the FPPC...more

Treaties, Execution and Originalism in Medellin v. Texas

Case comment published in Volume 32, Issue 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy - Medellin v. Texas, 128 S.Ct. 1346 (2008)...more

Recent Private International Law Developments Before the Supreme Court of Canada

This article discusses a trilogy of interesting cases involving private international law which recently wended their way to the Supreme Court of Canada: (1) King v. Drabinsky (an Ontario case addressing the applicability of...more

HARMONISATION OF INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

International Commercial Arbitration is the preferred method of dispute resolution between parties from different legal jurisdictions precisely because of its flexibility in the choice of law. Yet, that same flexibility...more

Overcoming Latin American Skepticism to International Arbitration

This brief analysis of Latin American constitutionalism evaluates how the use of international arbitration can be a more effective tool of contract compliance given the region's traditional skepticism of enforcement...more

Impact of WTO / GATS on UIGEA Analyses

Impact of WTO / GATS on UIGEA Gaming Law Analyses. Note on State Gaming Laws and Extraterritorial reach of state law outside state borders. Poker, Casino, Gaming, International, Constitutional Law....more

Crisis, Coroneles & Constitucionalismo: A Study of the Quality of Democracy in Ecuador

Presents an analysis of the quality of Ecuadorian democracy. Examines the political and cultural background of Ecuador’s constitutional history, including the role of military intervention and the increasing influence of...more

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