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Governments have a significant interest in controlling pathogens and preventing outbreaks: they are dangerous to dense & unimmunized populations. Can a government legally prevent me from intentionally infecting myself with a virus? Yes, governments have the broad authority to enact laws. The US prohibits and regulates pathogen experimentation ...


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Yes, the government gets to regulate how people work with pathogens. Not least, Coronavirus must be handled in a Biosafety Level 3 facility. It's a good way to collect a manslaughter charge, and a reckless endangerment lawsuit. The problem is you would then become responsible for all unintended consequences that could be connected to your actions. And ...


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Anything related to legality for something like this, depends on where you live. Self-harm or attempted suicide can be illegal in some countries such as Japan. It is a criminal offense in others: see here for a list. You might not consider purposefully contracting coronavirus to be attempted suicide, and maybe 90% of the population will agree with you, but ...


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As for a member of the Universal Postal Union, what repercussions will occur for country B? None. Are they allowed to keep stealing stuff at the sender insurer's expense? Well, country B isn't stealing stuff. Bad actors in the employe of country B are stealing stuff. This is a matter for law enforcement in country B. If country B is endemically corrupt ...


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The legality will depend on what exactly you plan to do in order to contract the virus. If you plan to break into a hospital at night and steal virus samples, that will certainly be illegal. If you plan to go out to a crowded place hoping to get the virus from someone, it will only be illegal if you break quarantine rules. Unless you're already sick or ...


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The main problem is that there is no court with authority to hear this case outside of China. It may be futile to sue in US courts, since China will not enforce US judgments. You can sue a Chinese company in Chinese court, under their Civil Procedure Law, but this pertains to contract breach. The question is whether there is any law under which the ...


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In general, would a firm need some license to factor international invoices? Sure it's a form of financing, but the operation involved is literally purchasing invoices... Would the factor need some financial service license in the country where the invoice is issued to? Or maybe some import/trade license in the country where the invoice is ...


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No. 2. It depends 3. It depends As a general rule, you should be using well-written contracts that include a choice of forum court clause and a governing law clause. Choice of forum clauses can be tricky because a court in another jurisdiction might apply its own laws to it and declare the clause void ... and voilà you end up in a foreign court. Another ...


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