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Why are Russian combatants in Ukraine considered soldiers rather than terrorists?

The third Geneva convention says in its second article (emphasis added): the present Convention shall apply to all cases of declared war or of any other armed conflict which may arise between two or ...
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Is the worst version of the accusations against President Trump impeachable?

High crimes and misdemeanors is interpreted by Congress While the concept is an import from English law as grounds for removing an officeholder from office, the conduct referred to is better thought ...
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What happens to a country’s debt if the country ends?

If the country was defeated in war, the bondholders often lose all their money. Sometimes, though, the conqueror has its own reasons to want the debt to be repaid. If the country came to an end ...
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Can a nation A stop nation B from issuing visas to citizens of nation A?

I assume the goal here is for nation A to prevent citizen A1 from travelling/emigrating to nation B. It can be done, but not in the way you're suggesting. It can be achieved by instituting exit visas....
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

The 4th amendment is irrelevant because you consented to being searched as a condition of passing through security - you don’t have to fly. You cannot revoke that consent once x-ray screening or metal ...
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How is a person residing abroad subject to US law?

The US has jurisdiction because the systems that the accused allegedly attacked are in the US. To use an example with older technology, you can't escape criminal liability for defrauding someone in ...
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Is it legal for a private citizen to barter in international waters?

Short Answer Barring facts discussed below which aren't assumed to be present in the question, a barter of goods in international waters between people from different countries is legal. But, lurking ...
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Are these unsolicited seed packages illegal?

Reports I've seen are that these seed shipments have false customs declarations, claiming that they contain something else, e.g. this one which was declared as "ring". That would violate 18 ...
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Born on a plane

Skyborn are a known phenomenon. Country Citizenship? Generally, the kid automatically gets citizenship from his mom (and father) through bloodline, so our skyborn on that plane is likely that ...
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Is the worst version of the accusations against President Trump impeachable?

Reading the wikipedia entry on High Crimes and Misdemeanors probably suffices to answer the question. Ultimately this phrase doesn't mean what you think it means. Your modern notion of "crimes" and "...
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Are foreign consulates located in the United States considered foreign territory when it comes to abortion laws?

The idea that a diplomatic mission is "foreign soil" is an exaggeration of the legal situation. Certain individuals (diplomats) are immune from arrest, so if the woman is the ambassador, she ...
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Do armed residents engaging in self-defense count as civilians during armed conflict?

T became a combatant by spontaneously picking up arms For simplicity, I will call T Ted from now on. Assuming that the assailants of the armed forces were following the rules of law, Ted became a ...
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Is it legal to purposefully contract COVID-19?

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 ...
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Could the President, Senate, and a foreign country circumvent the House to pass a law?

Yes. The leading case relevant to the question is Missouri v. Holland, 252 U.S. 416 (1920), in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that a self-executing bird migration treaty could override state law. ...
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How to discover/be aware of changes in law that might affect oneself personally?

The short answer is that, as a practical matter, you can't be aware of every change in the law that could conceivably affect you. Even lawyers don't have enough time to keep up with every change in ...
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Is it illegal to give false information about a person to a foreign-based telemarketer?

The first point is that citizenship is not the controlling issue, jurisdiction is. A US citizen in Saudi Arabia is subject to Saudi law, a Saudi citizen in the US is subject to US law. I assume the ...
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What international body would one go to file a case against Australian Immigration?

No international body has jurisdiction Australia is a sovereign nation which means it has sole jurisdiction over its immigration policy. So, short answer: no international body has jurisdiction. Who ...
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What are the formal requirements to cite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in U.S. courts?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not self-executing and may not be applied in U.S. courts as binding law. See, e.g., Barbara Macgrady, Note, Resort to International Human Rights Law in ...
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What are the formal requirements to cite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in U.S. courts?

While ohwilleke gave a good answer on the limits of citing treaties in US courts, there's a more fundamental issue: the UDHR is not a treaty. It's a resolution of the UN General Assembly, and like ...
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Do I need to present a GDPR banner to IP addresses outside of GDPR regions?

Your VPN scenario is the reason why you have to show the banner to everyone. If you somehow knew beyond any doubt that someone was not in the EU, then you would not have to show a banner, but because ...
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What is the maximum number of countries in which one can simultaneously be tax resident?

Sample answer: Be a US citizen - automatic US tax residency Own a UK property and live there for 91 days to gain UK tax residency Spend 60 days in India plus a total of 365 days over the previous 4 ...
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In what way are Jewish settlements illegal?

In what way are Jewish settlements illegal? This has been debated many times at the UN. One of (?) the most recent is United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 which held that Israel's ...
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How is a person residing abroad subject to US law?

You do not have to reside in the US to be subject to US law (likewise UK law), nor do you even have to ever be physically present. The alleged crimes, 18 USC 1030(a)(2)(C), 1343, 1349, 1956(h), only ...
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Is the worst version of the accusations against President Trump impeachable?

In the cases where a federal official has been impeached in the US, the reasons have been: Drunkenness and unlawful rulings Political bias and arbitrary rulings, promoting a partisan political agenda ...
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I'm creating an app, which country's law will be applied to it?

The law of each country where you offer the app for download applies, and you have to consider: Privacy Policy (GDPR in EU, CCPA in California, APPI in Japan, LGPD in Brasil, and more - check each ...
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Who owns the ancient alien bases hidden underneath Antarctica?

The Antarctic Treaty doesn't establish ownership or sovereignty Article IV of the Antarctic Treaty makes clear that the Treaty is not a renunciation by any contracting party of any basis of claim to ...
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Is it legal to purposefully contract COVID-19?

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 ...
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What happens if you break a law in another country outside of that country?

As a general rule, most countries have what's called Bi-Lateral extradition treaties, which means that Country A (Cedricstan) will only extradite to Country B (Bobtopia) for crimes that were committed ...
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Are works created by US government employees in the performance of their duties treated as public domain outside the US?

There are several official and unofficial sources that say that the public domain status of works of the US Federal Government only applies within the US. Specifically: "Government Works" on ...
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