Rotterdam Rules – OK? A Brief Update on the Upcoming UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (the “Rotterdam Rules”)
The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International...
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The Internet has been in widespread use for perhaps as little as 15 years, but it has quickly become a fixture in our daily lives as a source of information – for leisure, school, and work. The availability of news...
“The common enemies of all” - this is the appellation of Marcus Tullius Cicero for pirates, the terrorists of his day. The commonly bandied about phrase “ hostis humani generis” appears to derive from a medieval era paraphrasing...
We are rapidly approaching the deadline for nations to stake their claims to their contiguous seabeds beyond the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (“EEZ”). Based on the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Article...
Referring to concerns about our common defense and rejecting as false the perceived choice between our safety and our ideals, President Obama has reaffirmed that his administration will uphold and be guided by the rule of law and the rights of man enshrined...
World Financial Crisis Descends, Nations Ascend and Descend, Hummus Wars Begin, While British Judges Fuss With Fabric
This week has seen a dramatic intersection of events. The mortgage crisis in the United States has had repercussions around the globe...
China offers a wealth of opportunities to multinational
corporations looking to tap into the country's lucrative market for goods and
services. However, the combination of intense competition for China profits,
prevalence of state-controlled entities...
The Financial Services Authority in the U.K. has been
aggressively prosecuting insider trading cases as part of its efforts to shed
its lackluster image. Until last week, the regulator had prevailed in four
successive insider trading trials.
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On April 29, 2010, in the case of I ZR 69/08,
the German Federal Supreme Court examined whether Google...
Insurers involved in the U.K. pensions market are reacting with caution to the new U.K. government's call for a simpler, more stable pension system, as some believe constructive reform is easier to talk about than to implement.
Paul Goodwin, head...
Fashion design is finally getting the protection it
deserves. In April, the European Union
renewed a selective distribution regulation,  set to
expire in May, which will allow makers of brand name goods to decide how their
products are distributed...
High levels of fraud by trademark
agencies and applicants have prompted the PRC Trademark Office (TMO) to
impose new requirements for both domestic and foreign parties filing
trademark applications, oppositions, non-use cancellations, renewals and...
On June 14, 2010, the Executive Office of the President
released a proposed law intended to "modernize" the existing statute governing authorial
and connected rights in Brazil,
Federal Law No. 9.610 of 1998 (hereinafter, "the Copyright...
Yesterday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
released a statement from Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) partners,
including U.S. and European Union member states, that participated this past
week in the latest round of ACTA negotiations...
LEGAL ALERT July 2, 2010
orders published today in the Federal Register, the Commodity Futures
Commission (CFTC) designated the Mid-C Financial Peak (MDC) and Mid-C
Off-Peak (OMC) contracts traded on the IntercontinentalExchange...
On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed into law the
“Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act” (the “HIRE Act”). The HIRE Act included
the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which enacts new information
On April 13, 2010, the Chinese government published an
important policy document titled " Opinions of the State Council Concerning
Further Improving the Work of Utilizing Foreign Investment " (the
"Opinions"). On the whole, the...
by George Qi and Calvin Ding
On February 20, 2010, the State Administration of Taxation
(SAT) issued Guo Shui Fa  No. 18 - the " Measures for the
Administration of Taxation on Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises "
One month following the promulgation of the Opinion of
the State Council Concerning Further Improving the Work of Utilizing Foreign
Investment (the "State Council Opinions") by the PRC State Council on April
6, 2010, the PRC State Administration...
by Juliana Laurello and Erik Zietse
New European Web Portal on E.U. Customs Procedures
The European Commission has launched the first stage of a
new web portal that is designed to serve as a single Access point for
businesses seeking relevant...
By Martijn Kouffeld
The Dutch VAT legislation limits the right to deduct input
VAT with respect to certain goods and services that are principally for the
personal benefit of staff. The legislation essentially concerns the following
By Martin Ouwehand
Recently, the European Court of Auditors ("the Court") published
a special report on their website concerning the effectiveness of controls on
simplified customs procedures for imports. Simplified customs procedures for...
By Erik Zietse
In today's global economy, the number of international
transactions increases every year. Unfortunately, so do the number of court
proceedings relating to these cross-border transactions. For example, the VAT
By Erik de Bie
The number of classification disputes regarding electronic
devices seems to keep growing. Companies continue to develop new products, and
existing products are constantly improved. As a result, customs classification
When I saw there was a press release from the UK's Ministry
of Justice, I was expecting an announcement of what it meant for a commercial
organization to have "adequate procedures" to prevent bribery. That being the
only affirmative defense...