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Article 9, ECHR question

Just doing some reading on human rights law, particularly article 9 and the case of R(on the application of Playfoot) v Millais School Governing Body (2007). I wanted to know if a specific ...
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The nature of diplomatic immunity

I used to think diplomatic immunity meant a diplomat was subject to the laws only of his own country and not those of the host country. Now I'm not so sure. If the police and courts in the host ...
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What is the legal status of a polyamorous civil union in countries other than the one it was registered in?

I understand that it is usually possible to have a civil union registered in one country recognized abroad (e.g., in the UK, thanks to the Civil Partnership Act), but please correct me if I got the ...
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Is Mark Watney really a space pirate? [duplicate]

In the movie/book The Martian there's a NASA astronaut on the Mars named Mark Watney. He's arguing that the surface of the planet is juridically considered sea. Because he takes control of another (...
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Can it be dangerous to forget your passwords?

Suppose I travel with my old notebook, where there is a lot of old stuff on hard drive, including the contents of the disk of my previous computer, including parts of disk content of my computer ...
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I get married in Canada but live in the US. What happens?

I'm U.S. citizen (my only citizenship). I'm a temporary resident of BC while I'm here for school. I'm just wondering, what happens if I get married in BC or Canada to a fellow U.S. citizen, or really ...
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Where in the Protect America Act is it stated that the NSA can monitor all electronic communication?

There is a statement that I have heard floating around regarding the Protect America Act (2007) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/s1927/text and the powers it grants to the NSA (National ...
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If a murder was committed in Antarctica and it was unclear who did it, who would investigate?

If a murder were committed in Antarctica and it was unclear who did it, what country/agency would investigate? And, if the guilty party were identified, who (if anyone) would have the authority to ...
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Private military activity

Is there any country that would legally allow a private military organization to take part in a military conflict outside of its own borders? For example, a private military agency established in ...
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Can suits be filed in small claims courts from overseas?

I often see freelancers suggesting to other freelancers to use the small claim courts to get paid when the client is in another country. Already with the small claim court, there's a maximum amount ...
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Are Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics enshrined in the law of any (inter)national jurisdiction?

The Three Laws are: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such ...
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Does war with a national debt holder affect national debt

Theoretically, if the US went to war with a country who held its debts, does that affect the debt?
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If one person owns the parts to a ship, and another owns the design to the ship, who owns the ship?

Although not exactly the same scenario, it is related philosophically to the Ship of Theseus. Okay, so Eve stills a bunch of ship parts from Bob and the design for a super-ship from Alice. Eve uses ...
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What would prevent me from creating my own nation?

Somehow related, but different: Claiming my own country Is it "legal" to buy a piece of land and claim it to be another country than before(either inventing a new one or migrating it to an already ...
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Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution?

Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution when it comes to the rights of civilians?
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Where is the best place for a man to pursue a divorce?

As far as divorce law goes, in what country and/or state is the best place for a man to get a divorce? (I.e., where will he receive the most favorable terms?)
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How is polygamy handled across borders?

Polygamy is legal in some countries and illegal in some others. What is the legal status of a polygamic family in a monogamic country? If this is not regulated by international law let's narrow this ...
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Returning goods bought online in Poland as foreigner

I am a Czech national living just at the Polish border. I want to buy a laptop online at Polish online store called Morele.net. The store offers the goods to be sent to a Polish post office for pickup ...
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Purposeful Destruction of a Computer

A hobby of mine is reading up on the latest IT nasties, and i came across 'The USB Killer'. 'The USB Killer' is designed to look just like a USB Thumb drive, but when plugged in it causes a lot of ...
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Counterfeit vs. pirated goods

What is the difference if any between pirated, contraband and counterfeit goods? "Smugglers usually smuggle contraband into and out of a country for commercial gain" a shipping line can as well be ...
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Company advertising something $100 cheaper than it is

A company is advertising a product on Google for $44. However, after going to their website, I found that the product is $130. After contacting them, they said in the TOS they state this: Product ...
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How to freelance in the UK without violating the terms of my visa?

I am a non-UK student studying in the UK. I have a visa and everything is pretty good, but my visa states that I can work no more than 20 hours per week. I don't want to have any problems, so how can ...
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Sending an Email on behalf of someone else (email spoofing)

Many phishing and spear-phishing operators employ mail spoofing techniques to get their target to open emails, read them and act on them. When acted upon, the phisher either steals something or gets ...
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What is the definition of an “involved party” as used by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission?

A page on the website of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) states One of the most important characteristics of the Commission is that it may conduct an investigation ...
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In USA, does private property go right up to the international border?

I was out hunting with a friend yesterday, and the land we were on borders Montana. We were keeping on the North side of the barb-wire fence we assumed was the border, but then we found one of the ...
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What would be involved in breaking or renegotiating NAFTA?

A couple weeks ago, a Republican candidate for president suggested that if elected, he'd renegotiate NAFTA or break it. What would be involved in either of those processes? Or specifically: Repeal/...
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How might this use of the Star Wars logo and universe be legal?

A French book about Star Wars recently came out, giving a psychological approach on the films and characters. The book doesn't contain images, but on the cover, the Star Wars logo is visible, and ...
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Does Germany offer refugees a path to citizenship?

Refugees have been flooding into Germany. Under German law do these refugees have a path to citizenship? Or if their situation is temporary would they be expected to leave the country when asked?
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What are the liabilities of inadvertently copying and storing illegal pornography?

I'm a software developer who has been working on a yet-to-be released content filtering application. One of the filtering categories is of course pornography, and once upon a time I decided I was ...
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Are performance bond and sanction the same thing?

I am translating a legal text into English. The original text (Persian) has footnoted "Zemanat Ejraii" which literally means performance bond as sanction but I doubt its correctness. Looking up both ...
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Illegally crossing Hungarian border

Recently I read this article with the following quote: But Hungary acted this week to stop the huge flow of people, sealing off its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence and making it a crime ...
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Can a foreign company be charged fees or taxes if their website is hosted in the US?

I am wondering if a foreign company be obliged to pay fees or taxes if its website is hosted and served by servers located on US ground? Does it matter if monetary transactions are made on that ...
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Are there legal reasons to maintain addresses for my clients?

If I'm opening a hosting company and would there be any legal reason or requirement to obtain the home or business addresses of my clients?
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Have “objection to” vs. “acceptance of” a treaty reservation ever had different effects?

The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties has provisions with regards to action a state may take in response to a reservation to a treaty. Assume that Article 20 (1-3) do not apply. Article 21: ...
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Is it legal for a “ready-to-be-divorced” billionaire to donate all his money into foreign charity?

Is it legal for a preparing-to-file-for-divorce billionaire to donate all his money into a foreign charity, give up his current citizenship and then become a high official of said foreign charity if ...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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When including libraries licenses, do I need to include the libraries' dependencies' licenses too?

So I am building a project with SDL2_image, and I noticed that it includes libpng, jpeg, libtiff, and other dependencies. If I want the code to be closed sourced, do I need to include the dependencies'...
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Is .xyz not available in China? Is accreditation is required for all new TLDs?

Researching abc.xyz, I've come across xyz.xyz and gen.xyz, with a prominent link from the latter to a page called ".xyz for China". http://gen.xyz/china Thank you for your continued support of ....
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Would Google's Alphabet Inc. have any rights to alpha.bet?

If you own a "Google" trademark, then your sunrise rights to "google" in any of the newly proposed generic TLDs would likely be quite straightforward. However, what about domain hacks? There appears ...
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Selling stuff online + fundraiser campaign questions (EU)

Let's say I have a friend who owns a factory and makes rings and necklaces according to my unique design (1000 pieces order minimum). I want to sell them strictly online, and I'm sure that I won't be ...
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Is there any law that Windows 10 “spying” might violate?

Windows 10 terms of service document includes Microsoft privacy statement which contains the following excerpt (as cited on http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/) ...
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Why doesn't Ecuador make Julian Assange an ambassador?

Julian Assange is currently living in the London Ecuadorian embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden. It's my understanding that diplomats are immune from prosecution, detention, and (presumably) ...
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How to effectively search laws?

A common answer to problems and situations includes researching your state/country's law to check what are the consequences of a particular action. As a layman, it is difficult to do this research ...
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Works published before which year are internationally in public domain?

Figuring out whether a work is in public domain can be quite complex as different countries have different rules and there are often a lot of (relatively) complex exceptions. There must however be a ...
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Can I attack a VPS I am renting?

I live in France and I would like to know if it was legal to attack the Virtual Private Server I am renting in the US.
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Which state has jurisdiction in a case of a murder in an airplane?

A murder happened in an airplane flying from country A to country B when crossing above country C. Who will have jurisdiction? Bonus question: What if countries A, B and C are members of the ...
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Covenants against contingent fees

In which cases can and cannot contracts (like concession rights) be negotiated with the Government via a middleman? I.e., when can a company hire a consulting agent to help negotiate with the ...
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How might the mention of “the acquis” amongst the principles of an international treaty affect its interpretation?

The Tripartite free-trade agreement was recently signed between various African nations, and includes the following text in its principles: The principles governing this Agreement shall be the ...
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What do you do if you get bothersome local calls to an international number?

I've come to an issue that FCC.gov's DoNotCall.gov list does not accept Canadian area codes. However, I kept getting unwanted calls from several American companies trying to scam me with their ...
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Why do VISA and MasterCard comply with U.S. sanctions that erode their business?

On what basis does the U.S. government prohibit American companies like VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, et al, from doing business on the Crimean Peninsula? Crimea is connected with, and backed by, the ...