Legal writing according to George Orvell

Goerge Orvell scrupulously counted the words he wrote. He wrote his major books „The Animal farm“ and „1984“ in a plain, clear and reasoned language. Short sentences and straightness paved clearness and recognition. In these books each word has a purpose, place and meaning. No waste of words and reader‘s time. Although, he did not write volumes of the rules …

JESSUP moot court begins (again)

The announcement of the topics of the next JESSUP moot court in thrilling. This (next) year law students from all over the world will argue and spend days and nights trying to solve the Compromis (Special agreement) which will contain these four major topics: –          the validity of interstate arbitral awards –          the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations –          the …

L’Ukraine introduit une affaire contre la Russie dans la CIJ

Finalement, l‘Ukraine a introduit une instance contre la Fédération de Russie concernant la situation dans l‘Ukraine dans la Cour international de Justice (CIJ). L‘application soumis par l’Ukraine concerne des violations alléguées de la Convention Internationale pour la Répression du Financement du Terrorisme (CIRFT) et de la Convention Internationale pour l’Elimination de Toutes les Formes de Discrimination Raciale. Malgré que, le …

Right to privacy (ECHR factsheet)

The threat to personal privacy and data have been relevant issues for a while. The protection of the right to private life is one of the ‚basic‘ right, enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights (Convention). Not surprisingly, the European Court of Human Rights (Court) have to deal with claims regarding the violation of this right. For instance, last …

A new proposal for the old dispute

Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been a hectic issue for decades. In the last moth a few notable events occurred. Firstly, on December 23, 2016 UN Security Council adopted resolution No. 2334 (vote of 14-0) concerning Israeli establishment in the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank, East Jerusalem)[1]. Despite that this resolution is not binding (does not entail …

The pay for collective defence

In the time of radicalism across the world and Donald Trumps‘ hectic remarks about the U.S. military expenses, the spending to collective defence has become an important issue. This subject is especially pertitent when we assess the military spending of NATO (North Atlantic Treay Organization)’s member states. However, military protection is expensive and collective defence systems requires collective spending. Are …

A new shine in the U.S.-EU trade horizon

European Union’s international investment deals have been in the middle of EU trade relations for a while.  On December 2016, a number of prominent scholars from the United States and Europe (list) adopted the Manur declaration (Declaration). It establishes principles which shall become a basis for EU negotiations in the for international trade and economic agreements between the U.S. and …

Oral advocacy: rudiments

Oral advocacy is a part of lawyers’ job. Not a daily one, but still important. Thus, there should be rules how to master it. As a hectic moot court fan I was preparing for the oral pleadings which means speaking for 20+ minutes and answering tenths of questions (from hypothetical to the pure trivial ones). Although, I didn‘t win any …

Extensiveness of protection of human rights

How far the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) may go? What legal gaps does it contain? Does/how the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) can fill these gaps? The bunch of issues arose in the recent ECHR judgment[1]. The Court unanimously found that Lithuania breached the procedural limb of article 3 of the Convention due to …

Legal writing: basic tips (II)

In the previous post I presented a few basic tips to improve legal writing skills. In this one I share some thoughts about the structure of legal arguments. Why does a structure matters? A clear structure of the legal argument is necessary to enhance the persuasiveness and makes the text more readable. According to Strunk and White, “A sentence should …