"China's strategy is being implemented with a power-based approach versus a rules-based approach," said Cmdr. Jonathan Odom, Military Professor of International Law, Marshall Center for Security Studies. He was speaking Tuesday at a virtual webinar on the "Rule of Law and Gray Zone Activities in the East and South China Seas," hosted by Pacific Forum, a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the U.S. Odom noted that China's strategy has recently been called cabbage strategy, salami slicing, or win without fighting at sea. Beijing is trying to demonstrate superiority in the situation and to trouble others while refraining for provoking countries enough to trigger use of force and self-defense. He called them "gray activities." In the United Nation Charter, there is a provision that an armed attack triggers the right of self-defense of the country that's being attacked. Most countries take the view that while the right to self-defense is triggered … [Read more...] about Might’s right: China uses military muscle to override legal shortcomings
In Vietnam’s legal community, Dr. Victor Tran is one of the most influential figures. He is a role model of inspiration for the younger generations of legal students, practitioners, and researchers. Following the establishment of the Vietnam Legal Education and Career Forum (VLEC), he has made major changes to the law students’ career aspirations and positive impacts on the legal education as well as the legal system in Vietnam. Dr. Victor Tran shared with us his on-going projects on legal education, and the VLEC’s role in promoting legal education in Vietnam. Q: Could you please tell us the reasons behind your decision to found the VLEC? Dr. Victor Tran: After years working and studying in various countries such as the US, Australia and the UK, I realized a number of drawbacks in Vietnam’s legal education and practice. One of the key problems is that our legal education does not equip students with the practical insights and orientation for specific career … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs a revolution in legal education: expert
LONDON: The Broadsheet LLC is facing a legal claim for almost the full award amount of around $29 million from the Pakistan government, from a Cayman Island hedge fund that provided funds to Broadsheet’s lawyers to finance arbitration proceedings against Pakistan at the London High Court’s Financial Division and a court in the Isle of Man has prevented the Broadsheet liquidator from distributing monies to Broadsheet’s creditors unless a decision is made on the application by the funder, according to court papers reviewed by The News and Geo. This reporter has seen papers that show that VR Global Partners has filed a case in the Isle of Man and a petition at the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Broadsheet’s the UK and US lawyers at Crowell & Moring seeking attendance in court of the Washington DC-based Crowell partner, Stuart Newberger, to answer issues related to the disbursement of nearly $29 million that Pakistan paid to Broadsheet in awards proceeds. … [Read more...] about Broadsheet faces legal claim for US$29mn Pakistan award
Should draft legislation clear the final hurdles in the next few weeks, Morocco could become the second Arab country to legalize cannabis. Lebanon was the first in 2020. According to various international agencies, including the UN and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Morocco is one of the world's largest producers of cannabis and the biggest supplier of illegal by-products such as hashish that are bound for the EU. Legalizing cannabis for medical and industrial purposes could have a positive impact on around a million subsistence farmers, mostly in the north of the country. The law has become one of the most divisive topics in the run-up to Morocco's national elections in September. It is hard to know whether the draft law will pass, Khalid Mouna, an associate anthropology professor at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, northern Morocco, told DW. Mouna studies cannabis-grower communities. "The project is still up for debate in the first chamber … [Read more...] about Should the EU help legalize cannabis farms in Morocco?
The 2020 Census resulted in California losing a Congressional seat for the first time in its 170 year history as a state but that loss could have doubled if not for hundreds of thousands of legal and illegal migrants moving to the state. California’s population growth is so slow-moving it would have needed almost 500,000 more people to keep the lost seat, and it could have lost a second seat had it grown by 284,400 fewer people. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the phenomenon, which noted California gained about 1 million new residents from outside the U.S. from 2010 to 2019, the year before the latest Census. In other words, without the state’s annual influx of immigrants, California could have lost even more federal representation. The Chronicle report said: The main component of California’s increasing population over the last decade has been the natural increase from the number of births outpacing deaths. Between 2010 and mid-2019, California had nearly … [Read more...] about Legal and Illegal Migration May Have Shielded California from Losing an Additional Congressional District