Friday, December 14, 2018

Да, Владимир Путин, мы хотим как в Париже

Which District/Division of the Court of Appeal Averaged the Most Votes to Affirm Before the Supreme Court in Civil Cases (Part 2)?


Today, we’re concluding our review of the average votes to affirm decisions in civil cases of each District and Division of the Court of Appeal between 1990 and 2017.

For Division Six of the Second District, average votes to affirm was at four or more Justices in seven years since 1990 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010).  The rate was between three and four votes in three years (1990, 2001-2002).  The rate was between zero and two for thirteen of twenty-eight years (1991, 1994-1995, 1997, 1999, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016-2017).  The Court decided no cases from Division Six in four years.

EBRD and BSTDB support renewables in Ukraine

The EBRD and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) are contributing to Ukraine’s objective of bringing the share of renewables in the country’s total electricity consumption to 25 per cent by 2035 with the provision of €36 million in funding for three new solar plants in southern Ukraine.
The loans by the two financial institutions will help construct and put into operation solar power plants with a total installed capacity of 47 MW. Once in operation, the plants will improve Ukraine’s energy supply mix and contribute to the country’s energy security.

EU Sees Increasing Danger of No-Deal Brexit: Summit Update

European leaders are meeting for a second day of talks in Brussels. On the first day they rebuffed Theresa May’s pleas to help her sell the Brexit agreement to a skeptical U.K. Parliament.

Kurz Sees January Summit If May Can’t Win Support (11:10 a.m.)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says EU leaders may have to get together again next month to work out a way forward if May can’t persuade the U.K. Parliament to back her plans.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Deal or no deal? What shall we expect after Brexit and how to secure your rights with the Settlement Scheme? Solomiya Boyar, Immigration Lawyer, explains on Brexit issue

Perhaps, these are the hottest topics on Google search today. Every EU citizen and their family member residing in the UK are waiting for an update on Brexit and with caution we are expecting the Parliament’s vote on 11th of December. If there is no deal, then it would mean that only those who were residing in UK by 29 March 2019 will be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. However, if the MPs vote to ‘go ahead’ on Tuesday, then the November Draft Withdrawal Agreement (DWA) will come into force.

Symposium: Cross purposes — Why a Christian symbol can’t memorialize all war dead

Richard B. Katskee,
 Legal Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Symbols have power. They communicate complex ideas, often more effectively and more forcefully than mere words. They are remembered for decades or even centuries. They speak to the heart, not just the head. And what is true for symbols generally is doubly so for religious ones: They convey at a glance millennia of shared history, collective aspirations and triumphs to those who hold them dear.

Where to incorporate your business: California or Delaware?

If you are a startup based in California, you may be thinking about incorporating where you are physically located. It is true that, in the short term, incorporating in California will save a few dollars. Founders of investor-funded emerging companies should know that the investors prefer Delaware by a long shot. This is largely due to Delaware's well-developed body of corporate law, sophisticated judiciary and business-friendly environment. Is this a case of one size fits all, or might one state be a better alternative for incorporating your business?
This article explores two considerations you may find helpful as you make your choice:
  • Costs of incorporation in California and Delaware
  • The principal differences between their corporate laws

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison – live

Internet-of-Things Security Standards: Will States Follow California’s Lead or Look Across the Pond for Further Guidance?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

The eight-hour workday harkens back to 19-century socialism. When there was no upper limit to the hours that organizations could demand of factory workers, and the industrial revolution saw children as young as six-years-old working the coal mines, American labor unions fought hard to instill a 40-hour work week, eventually ratifying it as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Prime Minister: Objectives for 2019 include financial stability, industrial development, investment in human capital development

Maintaining financial stability, pursuing an active industrial policy, primarily in the innovation segment and the production of a national product, as well as growing investment in human capital development driven by the economic growth, are the key objectives for the Government in 2019. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the Forum "New Industrialization: Joint Actions of the Government and Business". The event is being held for the second time and appears one more platform to maintain an effective dialogue between entrepreneurs and government officials. This year, the Forum was attended by government officials, parliamentarians, diplomats, representatives of industrial associations and enterprises - members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2018

On this day, 70 years ago, the Member States of the United Nations came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This step brought the world together after the greatest tragedy in human history. We have come a long way since then.
The Universal Declaration has proven to be the cornerstone of international human rights law on which many countries have built a strong and resilient human rights architecture. Today, the number of people living in good human rights conditions is higher than ever in the history of mankind. The Universal Declaration’s 70th anniversary is an opportune moment to look closer at how human rights have had an overall impact on our societies.

End of Friendship Treaty with Russia: How will "Kremlin Bear" react?


The Verkhovna Rada passed a draft law, submitted by President Poroshenko, on non-prolongation of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Earlier in September, Kyiv sent Moscow a corresponding notice, thus, properly informing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What consequences will this step entail? As my senior sergeant in the army once said, "You are not kidding with a smart one." We have in an absolutely uncivilized neighbor ruled by a dictator. The dictator decides what to do: if he wants to wage war, he sends tanks and planes to the Ukrainian border; or if he wants to attack Ukrainian ships in neutral waters, he just does it. Our enemy proceeds from its own point of view, and no legal nuances here are of any significance.

ICC confirms: Annexation of Crimea is international conflict

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has released a report on the preliminary examination activities in 2018, which repeated the assessment of the events in Crimea after the start of the Russian aggression.
"In 2016, the Office of the Prosecutor released the assessment of the situation on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, which was qualified as an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation that arose no later than February 26, 2014. According to the assessment of the Office of the Prosecutor, the law of international armed conflicts remains applied to the situation in Crimea after March 18, 2014 as Crimea and Sevastopol actually remain to be occupied,” the report reads, the Radio Liberty reports.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact Global Privacy

Lily Hay newman
AUSTRALIA'S PARLIAMENT PASSED controversial legislationon Thursday that will allow the country's intelligence and law enforcement agencies to demand access to end-to-end encrypted digital communications. This means that Australian authorities will be able to compel tech companies like Facebook and Apple to make backdoors in their secure messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and iMessage. Cryptographers and privacy advocates—who have long been staunch opponents of encryption backdoors on public safety and human rights grounds—warn that the legislation poses serious risks, and will have real consequences that reverberate far beyond the land down under.

New EU digital tax to let most US giants off the hook

US tech giants AirBnB, Amazon, Apple, and Swedish company Spotify look set to get off the hook on new EU taxes, but Facebook and Google are still in the crosshairs.
That was the net result of EU talks so far on a new "digital tax" designed to stop global firms from paying next to nothing in Europe via accountancy tricks, even though they generate billions of euros in profits there.

The “Yellow Vests” Show How Much the Ground Moves Under Our Feet

By David Graeber
If one feature of any truly revolutionary moment is the complete failure of conventional categories to describe what’s happening around us, then that’s a pretty good sign we’re living in revolutionary times.
It strikes me that the profound confusion, even incredulity, displayed by the French commentariat—and even more, the world commentariat—in the face of each successive “Acte” of the Gilets Jaunes drama, now rapidly approaching its insurrectionary climax, is a result of a near total inability to take account of the ways that power, labour, and the movements ranged against power, have changed over the last 50 years, and particularly, since 2008. Intellectuals have for the most part done an extremely poor job understanding these changes.
Let me begin by offering two suggestions as to the source of some of the confusion:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Week's balance: Ukraine awaiting IMF tranche, Firtash's regional gas companies accused of "sabotage," and Ukrzaliznytsia seeing ticket chaos

Yelizaveta Dorontseva

Ukraine took another step toward receiving a bailout tranche from the IMF; Naftogaz called actions of Dmytro Firtash’s gas distribution firms "sabotage";  while Ukrzaliznytsia experienced a ticketing chaos – these are the main economic news of the outgoing week.

The Cabinet of Ministers at its Wednesday meeting approved the draft memorandum on economic and financial policies, as well as letters of intent of the government and the National Bank to the country's main creditor, the International Monetary Fund. Thus, the country has become closer to receiving a bailout tranche. Moreover, Ukraine has fulfilled the IMF's main requirements – the Rada passed the 2019 state budget and the president signed it into law, while gas prices for the population have been increased. Now the government is awaiting a meeting of the IMF Executive Board, set to be held in the near future, where the decision will be discussed on opening a new 14-month support program for Ukraine. 

Ukrainian President to sign a law on the termination of the treaty on friendship with Russia

President Petro Poroshenko will sign a law approved by the Verkhovna Rada on the termination of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The Head of State informed this during the participation in the solemn meeting on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Prosvita Society during the working visit to Lviv region.
"Of course, there is a certain symbolism in terminating, at last, the Treaty of the so-called friendship with Russia. I submitted the relevant law to the Verkhovna Rada, it was adopted and I will sign it on Monday. This is a historic event. Exactly like the withdrawal from the CIS," Petro Poroshenko said.

U.S., Ukraine come long way to gender equality

Ukraine has achieved a lot on the way to gender equality, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has said.
Speaking on Saturday at the Second Ukrainian Women's Congress in Kyiv, she said that both America and Ukraine had achieved a lot in the pursuit of gender equality.
She said that the first time she was in Ukraine from 2001 to 2004 she mostly dealt only with men. In 2016, when she came back to Ukraine, now it is a 50-50 balance, the ambassador said.