Human Rights Day 2014 – Write For Rights

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Tomorrow is Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  “Write a letter, change a life” , amnesty international’s traditional campaign commemorates Human Rights Day. It would be great if you could take some time to look at their website and find out about the 12 people and communities who urgently need your support this year – read the cases and take action now.

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Art Law: German “Centre for Lost Cultural Objects” To Be Established

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Thanks to the Gurlitt saga, which we have covered extensively here, lost art and how to deal with it all of a sudden became a hotly debated subject, and triggered frantic activities on various levels. For example, Bavaria came forward with a legislative proposal that attempted to address the issue of the statute of limitation for restitution claims. And the matter brought about other change as well. Continue reading

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European Union: Progress on the Choice of Court Convention

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The headline of Friday’s press release was a bit too much, for my taste: “Choice of Court Convention: EU businesses receive a major boost for international trade”, the EU Commission claimed. EU Justice Commissioner Martine Reicherts hailed the Court Convention as “a great example of how justice policy serves to boost economic growth and job creation by creating the right conditions for European businesses to flourish in their trading with non-European Partners.”

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The Hague Service Convention Turns 50 in 2015 – Save the Date!

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Ted Folkman at Letters Blogatory, along with the Center for Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will be hosting an event to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Hague Service Convention. Here is from Ted: “The event, to be held in Washington on February 19, 2015, will bring together practitioners, central authority representatives, and academics to discuss and celebrate the Convention’s legacy and to look ahead to its future.”

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