Category Archives: Law

Ryanair Check-In Fees

“Avoid additional fees,” the e-mail from Ryanair said. Oh yes, I like avoiding fees. Especially after already having paid the advertised price for a flight, another fee for a bag, a fee for airport security, a fee for fuel, a … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (14) Mario Costeja González

Mario Costeja González from Spain won his case against Google before the European Court of Justice regarding the “right to be forgotten”. He had asked Google to remove information from its search results about a repossession in 1998. The underlying debt has … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (13) UK Immigration Policy

The website of the UK Home Office which lists the official government policy on immigration says, on the same page even, that “immigration enriches our culture and strengthens our economy”, but then summarizes the goal of its policy as “reducing immigration”. … Continue reading

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“In the Sea there are Crocodiles” by Fabio Geda

Each year thousands of refugees make it to Europe. Thousands die trying. In debates on immigration, refugees are referred to by the numbers in which they arrive, in economic or in legal terms. It’s time to read the account of one … Continue reading

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Vomiting in Court

Of course I tell my clients how to behave in court, what to wear, what to say, what not to say, how to react emotionally and when to start sobbing (if I think that they would be good actors). In some … Continue reading

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Maritime Law with Cats

When I started this blog, I promised myself that I would never stoop as low as other blogs who use photos of cats to surreptitiously obtain their readers’ affection. But now I have come across a historical source of law … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (12) Indian Supreme Court

In April 2014 the Indian Supreme Court ruled that transgender people have to be recognized as a “third gender”, declaring inter alia that Transgender persons’ right to decide their self-identified gender is also upheld and the Centre and State Governments … Continue reading

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For religious reasons

Parent 1: I am too lazy to get up in the morning to get my kids to school. Society: What an evil parent! Parent 2: For religious reasons, I don’t allow my kids to attend school. Society: Respect! – – … Continue reading

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Europe, still divided

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, Europe has grown together. Countries which didn’t even exist as independent states back then are now member states of EU and NATO. The European Union reaches all the … Continue reading

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There are more important things than territorial integrity

Democracy and self-determination are great. But nobody should believe that a referendum hastily pulled out of a hat, with limited choices and without a proper prior public debate about the question posed at the polls is a good example of direct … Continue reading

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