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Can Syria or any country demand stolen natural resources to be paid to them?

https://archive.ph/LIfpk Can Syria or any country demand stolen natural resources to be paid to them? China’s foreign ministry spokesman highlighted that the US military has used at least 800 tankers ...
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Are there countries in Europe where there's a 10% (or similar, but low) numeric threshold for minority language rights?

The ill-fated 2012 languages law in Ukraine (proposed by the Party of Regions, but eventually found unconstitutional by Ukraine's supreme court) allowed the use of minority languages in courts, ...
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Can The International Court of justice take action regarding the murder of Mehsa Amini by the Khamenei regime?

On 16 September 2022, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini, (Euro News), died in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances, potentially due to police brutality. Can The International Court ...
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Does the U.S. accusation of “innovation mercantilism” by China have any legal basis? [closed]

China’s systematic “innovation mercantilism” is a threat not only to the world’s major economies—particularly to the European Union, Japan, and the United States—but also to the very soul of the ...
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What are the main concerns regarding the new powers recently given to the police to curtail protests?

In the wake of the arrest of a man in Edinburgh for apparently heckling Prince Andrew, a woman called Mariángela also being arrested in Edinburgh for holding a sign that said “**** imperialism, ...
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Have any countries managed to reduce the total number of words in their laws?

As an example, the US tax code grew from 1.4m words in 1955 to 10m words in 2015: Are there countries that managed to reduce the total number of words in their legal code? To avoid an overly broad ...
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The US has banned advanced EUV machines being sold to China, but does it mean that non-China firms cannot use them in China?

Recently the US govt has banned China firms from acquiring the machines for 14nm process technology and below. This legislation specifically targets China firms. However, what stopping non-China ...
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Is there any procedure or rule that prevents the President from nominating any person as Secretary of State?

“For this reason,” Hook continues, “we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to U.S. relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral ...
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Has there been any push to hold airports responsible for large queues/delays at security?

It seems that every few years there are days or weeks where queues at airport security across whole countries or continents are huge, resulting in travellers missing flights, or at least being advised ...
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Can Congress make certain construction projects immune from litigation?

In an article about the Joe Manchin pipeline deal I've noticed an interesting detail: The provisions, according to the summary, will “require the relevant agencies to take all necessary actions to ...
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What did the Dutch law commission find about their own military participation in Iraq (2003-2005)?

As I don't speak/read Dutch, the most detailed article I found about this is in Der Spiegel. In summary (from there), the Dutch law commission found that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was illegal that ...
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Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights?

Question Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights ? Originally the question was - "Assisted-suicide rights - A little known but huge ...
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Does China have a mechanism for allowing whistleblowers within the government to speak out and protect them?

Does China have a mechanism for allowing whistleblowers within the government to speak out and protect them? Over the past few years, the Chinese government has on numerous occasions highlighted the ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Despite difficult relations between the United States and China, collaborative research between the two countries has remained resilient. But with young scientists entering the workforce amid ...
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Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war?

Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy Zelenskyy announced his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential ...
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What are the pros and cons of willfully engaging in IP piracy?

https://www.belmontentertainmentlaw.com/2022/04/12/your-patent-is-no-good-here-russias-war-on-intellectual-property-following-war-in-ukraine/ What are the pros and cons of wilfully engaging in IP ...
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What makes Brittney Griner more worthy of a prisoner swap?

My guess is that there are thousands of USA citizens convicted of foreign crimes (and held in prison in foreign countries), and hundreds with a misdemeanor nature similar to that of Brittney Griner's ...
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Why might Philippine president Bongbong Marcos have problems visiting the US because of "court cases" there?

In a May 11, 2022 tweet, (self-described "public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser") Richard Javad Heydarian1,2 first asserts that China took the previous Philippine ...
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Would Roe V. Wade have been overturned even without Dobbs V. Jackson triggering the Judicial Review?

I have meager knowledge of US Politics, even less of US Laws. I am curious to know whether The SCOTUS was actively considering overturning Roe V. Wade and Dobbs V. Jackson was just a "happy"...
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Can a state delegate the creation of a law to an unelected agent such as the Supreme Court?

This is with regard to the constitutionality of "trigger laws" such as those that went into effect, automatically, after the overturn of Roe vs. Wade. I am neither a lawyer nor a politician, ...
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Where is information stored, that shouldn't nessecarily be stored in law but still needed in government [closed]

A law is defined as: the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties. Where ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

Supreme Court justices are often chosen not solely based on their professional skills and reputation, but also based on their political orientation in order to advance certain ideology. One example is ...
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Is there objective data on whether, in general, that more authoritarian countries have more ambiguous laws on the books?

It is said by some Western sources that China has exceedingly vague laws on the book, which allow the executive branch to make up violations against the political undesirables du jour. (This is even ...
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Can a country declare all its mercenaries as its soldiers?

Ukraine hopes to save foreign soldiers sentenced to death, says lawmaker Britain has condemned the sentencing of the fighters as an "egregious breach" of the Geneva Convention, under which ...
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Are there limits to what the Jan 6 House Select Committee can share w/ US DOJ due to the methods and ways it was collected?

I can't remember it exactly now, but a few months ago I'd read about the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack collecting some information or testimony that felt to me like the ...
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Has any US state passed a law in a language other than English?

There is an interesting question on the Law stack exchange: "If Congress [of the United States of America] passed a bill written in Spanish, would it be valid?" (the answer appears to be '...
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If Roe is overturned, what is the legality of laws prohibiting crossing state lines for abortion?

States such as Missouri are planning to make it illegal for a citizen of Missouri to go to a different state to get an abortion if Roe is ultimately overturned. It attempts to evade legal challenge by ...
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Prosecutorial powers of Florida's office of election security; Can it try individuals, or subpoena/coerce testimony? Can it elicit punishments?

Politico's April 16, 2022 The One Way History Shows Trump’s Personality Cult Will End is an interview with historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Wikipedia says: She is a scholar on fascism and authoritarian ...
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Are "Don't talk about X in classrooms" state laws a relatively recent phenomenon in the US?

Two examples of recent Don't talk about X in classrooms" state laws/legislation: Florida: Wikipedia's LGBT rights in Florida; HB 1557/Parental Rights in Education/"Don't Say Gay" bill (...
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Are there benefits except moral support for the victim country to approach ICJ when the offender is a UNSC Permanent member?

I am having some trouble understanding the present relevance of ICJ in matters of war between two countries when at least one of them is a permanent member of UNSC. Indeed, cases of 2 permanent ...
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Sanctions against Russia and Internet subscriptions [closed]

Sanctions against Russia become heavier by the day, and an answer to that question might not fit the situation in a few weeks. Please consider the situation as of today. Say a website located in the ...
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Which statements about the War in Ukraine are now criminal in Russia?

I read that the Duma in Russia has passed a law that provides for penalties of up to 15 years in prison for making certain statements about the war, for example using terms such as “attack,” “invasion,...
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How is the EU ban on Russian media (eg RT) implemented legally?

As a part of the war of Russia on Ukraine, European Union has imposed a sanction to block media associated with Russian government within the union. How is this implemented in terms of legal decrees ...
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Independence of the LNR and DNR [duplicate]

We abstract from all other countries. There is some region in Ukraine that wants to secede from Ukraine. What needs to be done according to Ukrainian and International law so that this region secedes ...
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Is tyrannicide (killing a tyrant) legal in America [closed]

Is tyrannicide (killing of a tyrant) legal in America? I was thinking about this after I heard it was legal in Julius Caesar era Rome. Also, how will we as a society decide when someone is a tyrant, ...
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Can political parties expel "members"? [duplicate]

What exactly is the status of a "member" of a political party in the United States? As far as I can tell there is no formal organization of political parties such as the "Democratic ...
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Could Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act be used to force a state to draw a minority-white district without a racial majority?

Let's say that a state has 30% of its population be a racial (or ethnic, depending on what you consider a race or ethnicity) minority. It has 4 congressional districts, and all of its representatives ...
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Countries with Fat Tax on people

Which countries have implemented a "fat tax" on people with obesity, or high body fat percentage? I am talking about the human person themselves, and not a tax on food like sugar, oil, dairy ...
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Are there any peer reviewed studies into whether hate crime legislation decreases the frequency of hate crimes?

The title mostly says it all. I understand the motivation of hate crime legislation, and if it works I'm totally supportive of it. However, I'm curious if it works in practice. Are criminals really ...
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Are there any explicit laws which define to what extent citizens can carry out a peaceful protest?

Usually, citizens carry out peaceful protests by means of waving banners or having marches. But what if they decide to block off a major road by staging a sit-in protest in a city (as happened in ...
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What would it take to change the voting in the UK away from "first past the post"?

Question from a naive US citizen here: In a podcast from the BBC I heard it claimed that there are districts with a Tory representative elected with 1000 votes when the other parties (combined) had ...
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Which countries forbid gathering certain ethnic/demographic data by the government?

France has a law forbidding the collection of sexual, ethnic, political, religuous, citizen information. Are there other nations where it is impossible to conduct a census or know information about ...
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How was EU wide minimum wage computed?

The EU is preparing for rules for fair minimum wages in the EU: A new draft EU law will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, in order to guarantee decent living standards ...
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Can you be an avowed atheist in Iran?

It seems that, at least as recently as 2014, Iran had a death penalty for apostasy. But apostasy isn't non-belief. In fact, that charge seems to be a rather contextual matter. In this Guardian story ...
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Why are legal decisions in the US so politicized?

(Not sure if this should be on the Law.SE. I'm guessing the answer is more political than legal, hence I'm asking it here.) Example WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A difficult political atmosphere for ...
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Why are new mothers apparently excluded from receiving the 2021 monthly "Advance Child Tax Credit Payments" if they filed taxes last year?

According to this Stack Exchange post, it appears that one cannot get the 2021 monthly "Advance Child Tax Credit Payments" for a child born or adopted in 2021 if they also filed taxes last ...
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Does Romania or any other EU country have a criminal law that punishes originating or spreading false information?

It's been said on Euronews that A misleading Facebook video had suggested that there were no patients at a temporary hospital in the northeastern city of Piatra-Neamț. Officials at the health centre ...
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Is running a fake campaign to siphon votes legal?

Let's say you want run for office as an independent candidate in a congressional or state legislative district that is expected to be a close election. You run a quiet campaign for the purpose of ...
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Which are the the parts of the EU treaties that are incompatible with the Polish constitution according to Poland's highest court?

There are lots of articles related to Poland's highest court ruling that some parts of EU treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution (example), but I cannot find the exact articles ...
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Why does the current Polish government favor distancing from EU despite a rather low Euroscepticism and possible serious financial consequences?

According to Euronews, Poland’s constitutional court on Thursday ruled the country's laws had supremacy of those of the European Union. The article provides more context about the decision and a ...
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