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Acerberos - 25.08.2009 | 5 réactions | #link | rss
Switzerland and Libya have opened the settlement process of their dispute following the arrest and detention of Motassim Bilal Kadhafi (Gaddafi, Qaddafi), a.k.a Hannibal and his wife. Both States have agreed to submit their dispute to an arbitral tribunal so as to assess the legality of the methods used in the arrest of Hannibal Kadhafi and his wife in Geneva, July 2008. The content of the agreement is available on the website of the Swiss Confederation.

Let us briefly sum up the facts that created this dispute. In July 2008, Hannibal Kadhafi and his pregnant wife Aline came to Geneva where Aline intended to give birth. They were arrested at the hotel President Wilson by the Police forces, for having allegedly beaten two of their employees.

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Acerberos - 21.01.2009 | 4 réactions | #link | rss
[English text below the French] - En Septembre dernier, la première volée d'étudiants du MIDS (Master in International Dispute Settlement) se lançait à la conquête des litiges aux enjeux énormes. Des litiges inter-étatiques, devant la Cour Internationale de Justice, le Tribunal international du Droit de la Mer ou l'Organisation Mondiale du Commerce, des litiges Etat-particulier, devant le Centre International de Règlement des Différends relatifs aux Investissements et des arbitrages commerciaux entre sociétés. Ce Master est le fruit d'une collaboration entre l'Université de Genève et l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement. En 2008, les étudiants visitèrent l'OMPI et l'OMC et assistèrent à des conférences à Berne, Genève et St-Gall.
En 2009, les étudiants partiront pour la Haye, Paris et, selon, Washington, Francfort, Taipei ou Hong-Kong. Parmi leurs enseignants figurent Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, directrice du programme, William W. Park, Robert Mnookin, Pierre Tercier, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Lu Song, Emmanuel Gaillard, Marcello Kohen, Brigitte Stern, Sebastien Besson, Andrea Bianchi, Jean-Michel Jaquet, Antonio Rigozzi, Erik Wilbers, Lucius Caflisch, ancien juge à la Cour Européenne des Droits de l'Homme.

L'année académique prochaine, les célèbres Jan Paulsson, Georges Abi-Saab et Albert Jan van den Berg se joindront à l'équipe d'experts mondiaux déjà en place. Tout ceci, sur le papier, n'équivaut cependant pas le feedback d'un étudiant. Aussi, c'est une étudiante, Elena Sevila Sánchez, qui a accepté de partager son expérience avec le programme. Qui es-tu, quelle est ton expérience et pourquoi avoir choisi le MIDS?
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Acerberos - 01.12.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
The Absence of Remand Power in the WTO's DSU

Nicolas TORRENT*
I. INTRODUCTION

The DSU does not provide any possibility for the Appellate Body to remand a case to the original Panel if it notes that facts have not been properly established. More generally, the Appellate Body's possibilities are quite few (compared to a domestic court) according to art. 17.13, for it can only “uphold, modify or reverse the legal findings and conclusions of the Panel”.

The Appellate Body “Completes the analysis”(i), instead, to provide for the absence of remand authority. This judicial creation however, has been thought to be unsatisfactory for it lacks standards of review and leads to a “disjointed and imperfect body of jurisprudence(ii)”. Moreover, it has been pointed out that this technique is not fully efficient if the original Panel has made some inadequate findings(iii).

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Acerberos - 17.10.2008 | 1 réactions | #link | rss
Ladies and gentlemen,

Growth – for some represented by a large bank account or joining the ranks of the super-rich; for others a fulfilling situation of modest self-satisfaction. There are worlds between the two and a French children's rhyme shows well just where unchecked growth can lead: “In a pond, a lily doubles in size everyday. In thirty days it covers the whole pond. It's growth doesn't seem threatening as long as enough of the water's surface can be seen. Even on the twenty-ninth day half the pond is visible. But on the thirtieth day the pond is overgrown.” Growth fuels fear and anxiety. A fear of rapidly growing markets, the (even) greater divide between rich and poor, the crowding out of SMEs by global players or of competition for the best workers. The fear of being squeezed out or of a deterioration in the economic climate; of crises, recession and unemployment.Growth also often triggers overwhelming euphoria, the consequences of which are excessive bonus payments, speculation on the real estate, derivatives and commodities markets, and price bubbles. or the forcing up of prices. In such situations, public confidence in the economy swings between fear and euphoria.

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Acerberos - 09.08.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
WIPO - Geneva, July 31, 2008

Increased patent filings in North East Asian countries (mainly China and the Republic of Korea (ROK)) and the United States of America (USA) drove growth in worldwide filing of patent applications, which topped 1.76 million in 2006, representing a 4.9% increase over 2005, according to the 2008 edition of the World Patent Report of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Acerberos - 18.04.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
Quelque 58,4 millions de francs ont été confisqués dans le cadre d'une procédure pour blanchiment d'argent, conduite à Zurich. La Suisse et le Japon se partageront cette somme à raison de moitié, ainsi qu'ils en conviendront par un échange de lettres qui aura lieu mardi prochain. Ces fonds sont le produit d'infractions commises par l'organisation criminelle Goryôkai.

La confiscation et le partage des valeurs patrimoniales en cause de même que la condamnation des auteurs au Japon sont le résultat de l'étroite collaboration entretenue par les autorités des deux Etats.

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Acerberos - 11.04.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
A very interesting article on IP-Watch, about peer-to-peer policies in the European Union. The EU thinks it excessive to shut-off internet to alleged copyright infringers. This should annoy our French neighbours, for it is one of the main remedies they had developed to prevent online copyright infringements.

Since it is under Creative Commons licence, I am free to reproduce the text of the article here! It is the occasion for me to recommend IP-Watch to all people interested in Intellectual property, for it provides rich, diversified and accurate
content. Most of the content though, is, alas, not free.
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Acerberos - 11.04.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
Ce n'est plus une information nouvelle, mais cet article est resté dans la pile "à publier" du blog. Il s'agit d'un communiqué (fr) de l'OMPI (Organisation Mondiale de la Propriété Intellectuelle), traitant de l'évolution du système des noms de domaine de l'Internet fait craindre une augmentation du cybersquattage. L'article détaille les procédures de résolution et fournit d'intéressantes statistiques. Un extrait est reproduit ci-dessous.

It may not be news, strictly speaking, but the article was in the pile of articles "to be posted" of this blog. It is a press release of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property
Organization) dealing with the fact that DNS Developments Feed Growing Cybersquatting Concerns. The release details WIPO's procedures for dispute settlement and supplies interesting statistics. An abstract is posted below.
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Acerberos - 08.04.2008 | 0 réactions | #link | rss
On se souvient des choux gras il y a un an: l'Union Européenne entendait imposer aux cantons suisses des obligations fiscales; d'ailleurs, notre imposante "entourante" (l'Europe est plus qu'une voisine) entend toujours imposer ces obligations. C'est du moins ce que l'on peut déduire du fait que, un an après, les discussions à ce sujet vont toujours bon train. Ce blog avait déjà proposé une brève analyse juridique (Fr) de la question, concluant bien vite que la jalousie européenne à l'égard de notre place financière constituait un fondement bien plus crédible pour les revendications que l'accord de libre-échange de 1972.

One recalls the headlines of the press a year ago: the European union was decided to have the Swiss cantons modify their legislation concerning corporate taxes.
It so happens that it was not simply a mere moment of weariness from our European "surrounder" (it is far more than a neighbour), for the matter is still being discussed between the two parties. Today, representatives from the European commission and Switzerland met in Bern for the third time. This blog had already mentioned briefly the issue from a legal point of view (Fr), only to conclude that the basis for the EU's issue towards us was rather a jealousy towards our financial market than the free-trade agreement of 1972.
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