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Working part of the year from Spain for a UK company, what are the implications?

I am an EU national based in the UK working for a British company. I would like to live and work remotely from Spain between 3 to 6 months per year. My current company told me they would not ...
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Tax Responsibility - American Remote Work in Toronto

I'm an American software developer working for an American financial services company that only services American citizens and permanent residents. I am a remote worker who lives and works in Michigan....
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Governing law clauses with parties in different countries

If I am in the United States, and I agree to a contract stating that both parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of a court in a foreign country, can I be compelled to appear in that ...
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Would Ukraine humanitarian scammers be commiting war crimes?

A cambridge article has an abstract reading as Impeding humanitarian access and the starving of civilians is prohibited under international humanitarian law in times of both international and non-...
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Is it legal to copy the KJV?

If I understand correctly, the King James Version of the Bible is copyrighted in the UK but nowhere else. I live in the US. If I upload a copy of it to my Web site (which is hosted in the US), is that ...
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Can the US break-up a foreign company (specifically Bayer) after it has merged with an American one due to an increase in market power?

In 2018 Bayer and Monsanto had a huge merger. In the future it is possible that it will be in the US's interest to reverse their decision due to the sudden shift in market pressure. That said Bayer is ...
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Permission to work as freelancer

Is it permitted to work as a freelancer on upwork or another freelancer website if you live on Germany or not ?
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Uber files: Can Uber offload their past responibilities by claiming they are a new company?

The recently released Uber files report how the company built a network of lobbyists in close contact with many high level government officials around the world. These relationships include suspects ...
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Working for a company based in Paris remotely from Sri Lanka

I'm Sri Lankan, I live in Sri Lanka and I'm going to have a remote job in a Paris company(It'll end up my current job contract at next year July, which I bond to the Paris company by a Secondment ...
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Has "ideological payment" or "emotional payment" qualified someone as a mercenary in a Western or international court of law?

According to a certain rendition of the Russian viewpoints: The persons were motivated entirely by private gain, in this case the "feel-good" emotion that comes with killing Russians [...] ...
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Can a US citizen do freelance work for a US company while travelling in another country?

John Doe is working on a freelance writing project for Acme Inc. John is a US citizen, and Acme is a US company. John goes on a vacation to another country (England, if it matters). Can John continue ...
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Would the EU's common security and defense policy force the entire EU to war with Russia if Ukraine joins?

Given that the common security and defense policy "also entails collective self-defence amongst member states" with the only (and debated) exceptions being Austria, Ireland, Finland, Malta ...
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Diplomatic law and car plates

What should the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of a country A do in the case in which the diplomatic car plate number is stolen in a country B? And what should the State Department do?
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How is the GNU Unifont and other bitmap fonts public domain?

The U.S. doesn't recognize type design as a copyrightable thing, only vectorized fonts, but what does that really mean? Is a bitmap font made in the United States public domain abroad? Are only the ...
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Are Wagner militants considered combatants under the IHL?

Are Wagner militants fighting in Ukraine considered combatants under the international humanitarian law? Here's what the OSCE has to say Members of private military and security companies such as the ...
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Can a foreign name change document be accepted by US government institutions?

Suppose Alice Jones nee Smith got married in Turkey, and she is issued a Turkish marriage certificate which certifies her new married name, and then she moves to the US and applies for a driver ...
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Could the President, Senate, and a foreign country circumvent the House to pass a law?

If the Senate and President wanted to pass a law, but the House of Representatives voted against it, could the President and Senate pass it by including it in a treaty with a foreign country (assuming ...
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employee contract methods for working in multiple countries

What are legal methods of writing an employee contract so that an employee of one company can work in multiple coutries? Eg one week in country A, one week in country B, one week in country C, etc.
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Receiving transactions to a company bank account located in a different country

Can a company based in a country A receive incoming transactions to a bank account that belongs to the company but is in a different country?
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contradictory laws

If there are multiple laws: a) in a country (all the laws in one country) b) in multilple different countries and / or multinational unions (all laws in different entities, e.g. all in a different ...
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Are there any countries without copyright?

Are there any countries that do not recognize any form of copyright, and you could legally (for example) strip the DRM from a just-released movie and share it online? If so, what happens if I (a US ...
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Which country's laws apply to a company in country A hiring remote workers in country B?

If a company in a country A does remote hiring of employees in a country B, laws of which of these two countries have to be considered? context: in some countries hiring employees has very strict laws ...
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Are works created by US government employees in the performance of their duties treated as public domain outside the US?

Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred ...
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If a stateless person commits a crime in Bir Tawil (land that belongs to no country), which country will regulate the punishment?

Let's imagine a guy Bob. Bob has no citizenship (stateless). Bob ended up on a land that doesn't belong to any country (Bir Tawil). Bob commited a particular crime (let's say, he murdered another ...
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Is it possible for foreigners for any reason to enter China?

Non Chinese citizens of any status including green card or permanent residence permit holders. Can they enter mainland China if they live there but left to visit abroad given the current Corona virus ...
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Do I need to get transit permits for an unmanned circumnavigating ship?

Suppose I built a small unmanned robotic ship (1.5 m long), and I intend to make it circumnavigate the Earth without stopping in any port along the way. Under international law, do I have to get ...
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Is it true that the UK head of state does not require a passport to travel?

According to this Guardian quiz, the British monarch is not required to have a passport. The question asks "Which of these things does the Queen not need to have?" and gives the options: &...
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Is the Scarborough Fair Melody Really in the Public Domain?

According to Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scarborough-Fair-Melody.png the melody to the tune Scarborough Fair (which had been popularized in the 1960s by Simon and ...
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Is it legal to produce GI tagged products without using the tag outside the tagged region

A Geographic Indication (GI) tag gives exclusive rights to use a particular name/tag to certain people/region regarding a product. Does this mean it is still legal for other people/regions to produce ...
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Can you be charged for breaking US laws abroad?

Say you commit a robbery in a country outside of the US. However robbery is legal in that country. If you come back to the USA, can you be charged?
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Over-the-border murder consequences

Two countries A and B share the border. For simplicity let the border pass along the river so that it is easily legally accessible from both sides and people from two countries can see each another. A ...
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Has there ever been a legal system without lawyers?

Has there ever been a society with a functional legal system but no lawyers? I know “functional legal system” is a bit vague, but basically I’m referring to a society that has something like courts, ...
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After getting a visa, can you walk across the US-Canada border whenever you want?

If a holder of a US passport legally enters Canada and obtains a visa, can s/he then walk across the border whenever s/he wants?
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Can Russia be sued over breaking gas contracts?

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia has unilaterally demanded that "unfriendly countries" pay for Russian natural gas in Russian rubles, despite the existing contracts ...
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Are foreign consulates located in the United States considered foreign territory when it comes to abortion laws?

My friend and I got into a debate whether a woman could step into a foreign consulate, take an abortion pill, then leave without fear of prosecution if abortion is illegal in the State where she ...
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Is FATCA really reciprocal?

Question is obviously for non-US persons. E.g German living in Germany with a US bank account FATCA is supposed to be reciprocal but I've seen reports that it is not. https://www.irs.gov/businesses/...
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How can I confirm that an attorney is legit?

There's an attorney I can use to jump through MANY hoops to get a good passport. His work he published on his website seems legit according to the translator I used. He's publishing hundreds of ...
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What is the copyright status, in the US, of the old USSR textbooks?

The textbooks published in the USSR had their copyright listed as "The Ministry of Education of the USSR." I am not interested in the "author rights." I am only interested in the ...
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Land reclamation and territorial waters

Large swaths of land have been recovered from the sea throughout history. Modern technology has allowed for bigger projects even into open sea. For example, Palm Jumeirah sticks 5 km into the sea, and ...
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What is the legal basis of diplomatic immunity?

I'm guessing there was an intentional convention/treaty on universal diplomatic protocols (is it one of the Vienna conventions?) But suppose one sued or prosecuted a diplomat in a court of the host ...
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Can I be married to multiple people?

One person is from the US, one UK, one somewhere else All of the countries above allow dual citizenship if that's relevant. I won't be a US or UK citizen. I can marry them in the country where they're ...
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Why can Dutch police order Binance to freeze funds of Colombian customers?

In short, Dutch police ordered Binance (cryptocurrency exchange) to freeze funds of some Colombian customers, and those customers are supposed to prove - to the satisfaction of Dutch police - that ...
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When is a war not illegal?

In conjunction with the Russo-Ukranian War, many newspapers call the war an illegal war. I figured, any war would be illegal, since an attack on a sovereign nation seems to me the opposite of a legal ...
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Trademarks & International dealings

It is my limited understanding that when a trademark is registered - It is only country specific. However in this case an Australian cafe was sued by a French culinary school due to a similar name ...
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International Cybercrime Based in China. Who's Jurisdiction is it?

Quick question... I got my crypto wallet hacked. I live in Canada. Offender lives in China. After the theft, he deposited the money into Huobi, whose HQ is also in China. I did some preliminary ...
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Can Russian TV personalities who knowingly lie about Ukrainians to promote violence be held accountable for the war crimes?

Can popular media personalities who promote violence be held accountable if their propaganda was acted upon? Could they be held accountable if they promoted violence on the behest of their government? ...
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Does the federal government of USA have any powers over functioning of ICANN

Since the very inception of the internet, as we know it today, USA had a pivotal role to play including in the management of DNS (Domain Name System). However internet evolved to be more free. However,...
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Which country should prosecute cross border criminal (gross) negligence?

This question is inspired by the second crash of the Boeing 737 MAX. I am focusing on the second crash because after the investigation of the first was completed it was clear that there was a danger ...
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If a nation rejects jurisdiction of international law, can it demand other to comply with international law?

In 2020 Putin signed a law that on Russian territory Russian law supersedes international agreements. The actual wording nullifies international agreements that contradict the Constitution of Russian ...
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Settlement of procedural disputes at UN Security Council

Article 27, paragraph 3 of the UN Charter reads (emphasis mine): Decisions of the Security Council on all other matters shall be made by an affirmative vote of nine members including the concurring ...
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