Monthly Archives: June, 2022

‘NASA Wants Its Moon Dust And Cockroaches Back – Now!’

“The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar rock contained any sort of pathogen that posed a threat to terrestrial life. The material, a NASA lawyer […]

Allison Anna Tait, ‘Home of the Dispossessed’

ABSTRACT The objects that people interact with on a daily basis speak to and of these people who acquire, display, and handle them – the relationship is one of exchange. People living among household objects come to care for their things, identify with them, and think of them as a constituent part of themselves. A […]

Hilary Young, ‘Permanent Injunctions in Defamation Actions’

ABSTRACT In the internet era, permanent injunctions prohibiting defamatory speech are increasingly being sought and ordered following a finding of liability. This may seem unproblematic since a court will have found particular speech to be unlawful – defamatory and likely false. However, there are good reasons to be cautious in permanently enjoining defamatory speech. This […]

Chatterjee and Debnath, ‘Why State Intervention is Required for Corporate Social Responsibility? An Indian Experience’

ABSTRACT The paper is an attempt to address a much-debated question on the legitimacy of state intervention in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). At present, CSR has appeared as a topic of universal discussion. Although, the history of CSR and its origin dates back to the eighteenth century as a part of corporate philanthropy. The term […]

Peter Murrell, ‘Did the Independence of Judges Reduce Legal Development in England, 1600–1800?’

ABSTRACT Conventional wisdom confers iconic status on the clause of England’s Act of Settlement (1701) mandating secure tenure for judges. This paper uses new databases of judges’ biographies and citations to estimate how the move to secure tenure affected the number of citations to judges’ decisions, a measure of the quality of decisions. Several strategies […]

Jason Tashea, ‘Justice-as-a-Platform’

ABSTRACT This landscape analysis is a snapshot of how technology and data are used to address the access to justice gap around the world. These innovations attempt to increase legal system efficiency, access to justice services, and the agency of civil and criminal legal system-involved people. While these projects may seem discrete or independent, they […]

Luca Ottiero, ‘Good Faith and Pre-Contractual Liability in Commercial Contracts: A Comparative Analysis Between Italian and English Law’

ABSTRACT The principle of good faith has always governed commercial relationships in civil law countries. However, the correct application and limits of this principle have always been debated. This paper firstly analyses how bona fide is interpreted in Italian contract law, concluding that it aims to preserve the utility of contracts and, unlike ordinary diligence, […]

Chris Reinders Folmer, ‘Getting Systematic on Legal Apology’

ABSTRACT The place that apologies (should) occupy in law continues to stir up emotions in the Dutch legal literature. Apologies are seen in this discussion either as an essential means of meeting victims’ needs or as something that poses legal risks, and should not be legalized. Nevertheless, much is unclear about the role apologies actually […]

Hilary Young, ‘Canadian Anti-SLAPP Laws in Action’

ABSTRACT Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are a pernicious problem affecting freedom of expression and public participation. To help combat this problem, Ontario enacted anti-SLAPP legislation in 2015. British Columbia followed suit in 2019. This article presents results of a qualitative study of lawyers’ experience with anti-SLAPP litigation in Ontario and British Columbia. I […]

Amy Kapczynski, ‘The Public History of Trade Secrets’

ABSTRACT Rising inequality and increasing concentration of corporate power have brought renewed attention to questions of political economy, and to how law helps to construct private power and encase it from democratic rearrangement. This Article brings a political economy perspective to the law of commercial secrets, to show that changes in the scope and justification […]