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Dutch court blocks extradition of man to 'inhumane' UK prisons

Judges say suspected drug smuggler at real risk of degrading treatmentJudges in the Netherlands have refused to send a suspected drug smuggler back to the UK because of concerns that conditions in British jails are inhumane.An initial application to extradite the unnamed man, who had been on the run for two years, was refused this week due to the reported state of HMP Liverpool where he would probably be sent. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, Society, UK News, World news, UK criminal justice, Liverpool, Netherlands, Prisons and probation, HMP Liverpool


Can the taste of a cheese be copyrighted?

Copyright is an intellectual property right that vests in original works. We know that works like novels, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and songs are examples of what copyright law protects.But how far can copyright protection go? Can copyright protect, say, a perfume or the taste of a food product?Unlike more traditional works, which are perceived through senses like sight and hearing – that is, through mechanical senses – perfumes and tastes can be only perceived through chemical senses,...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, Featured, Law, Cheese, France, Eu, European Union, Cyprus, Copyright, Netherlands, Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Oasis, Ja


Revealed: Vietnamese children vanish from Dutch shelters to be trafficked into Britain

Investigation highlights failings of Dutch and UK authorities to care properly for unaccompanied minorsOn a crisp winter day in a small village in the north of the Netherlands, a pile of leaves swirls around in the wind outside a brick house, an ordinary scene except for the CCTV cameras outside the front door and the occupants inside – child victims of trafficking. Many of the children are from Vietnam. They live in this protected shelter to keep them safe from gangs who want to smuggle them ou...
Tags: Europe, UK, Children, Society, World news, Britain, Netherlands, Social Care, Slavery, Cctv, Vietnam, Child rights, Argos Radio of the Netherlands


A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

'We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …' Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 'We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.' Donald Trump, inaugural address, 2017Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distri...
Tags: Work, Business, UK, Money, Microsoft, Government, US, Barack Obama, Society, Capitalism, Bill Gates, Netherlands, Innovation, Morality, Donald Trump, Consumerism


Notable new materials from the Drug Policy Alliance on drug decriminalization in Portugal

There is no shortage of talk about trying to move from a criminalization approach to a public health model in response to drug use and misuse, but there often is a shortage of resources examining efforts to make this move. Thus, I am very pleased to see that the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has some terrific new resources on this topic.  This DPA press release, titled "DPA Releases New Briefing Paper & Video, Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Learning From a Health and Human-Centered Approach," ...
Tags: Law, United States, Netherlands, Portugal, New Orleans, Drug Policy Alliance, DPA, Czech Republic Spain, Douglas A Berman, Drug Policy Alliance DPA, Deon Haywood


Dutch court rules against Muslim man who refused to shave beard for job

Man’s benefits were cut after he refused to be clean shaven for asbestos removal trainingA Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Religion, World news, Netherlands, Islam, Muslim, European Court Of Human Rights


Netherlands cuts Muslim man's benefits for refusing to shave beard

Dutch court backs suspension after man told he had to be clean shaven to train as asbestos removal officerA Dutch court has backed the suspension of a Muslim man’s benefits over his refusal on religious grounds to shave his beard while on training for a job.The unnamed man had been offered a job as an asbestos removal officer but was subsequently told he would need to be clean shaven in order to undergo the training course. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Religion, World news, Netherlands, Islam, Muslim, European Court Of Human Rights


DNA tests to establish if fertility doctor secretly fathered 200 children

Dutch court approves checks on Jan Karbaat, accused of fathering hundreds with own spermA group of 22 people have won the right to have their DNA checked against that of a Dutch fertility clinic doctor who is feared to have fathered 200 children by using his own sperm rather than that of donors.Jan Karbaat, who died in April 2017 aged 89, always denied the accusations and refused to cooperate with those potentially affected. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Netherlands, Ivf, Fertility problems, Jan Karbaat


'We need more people to go by bike': meet Amsterdam's nine-year-old junior cycle mayor

As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycleDuring Amsterdam’s chaotic rush hour, nine-year-old Lotta Crok cycles to a very busy junction. “Look,” she says. “There’s traffic coming from everywhere. Four trams from four different directions. For a child on a bike that’s really confusing!”Lotta is the first junior cycle mayor in the world and her working area is the Dutch capital. It is her mis...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Children, Environment, Life and style, Society, World news, Cities, Cycling, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Mayoral elections, Lotta, Lotta Crok


Heineken claims its business helps Africa. Is that too good to be true?

The Dutch beer giant likes to blow its own trumpet about the economic and social benefits it brings to Africa – but revelations of sexual harassment and low pay show a different picture. By Olivier van BeemenThe first time Heineken amazed me was in Tunisia, in early 2011, when I was covering the Jasmine revolution and the fall of President Ben Ali for a Dutch business newspaper. During my reporting, I discovered that Heineken maintained close ties with the kleptocratic family clan that had ruled...
Tags: Business, Alcohol, Africa, Society, World news, Beer, Ethical business, Food & drink industry, Netherlands, Heineken, Tunisia, Sexual Harassment, Ben Ali, Olivier van BeemenThe


Competent to Decide My Own Competence

The idea that an arbitrator has the authority to determine her or his own jurisdiction, including deciding the scope and validity of an arbitration agreement itself, may seem odd at first, but it is a core principle of international arbitration and has been adopted by the Canadian courts – with some reservations – in domestic arbitration. The “competence-competence” principle, as it is generally referred to internationally and in Canada, is embedded in the UNCITRAL Model Law, adopted in 1985 and...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Canada, Netherlands, Union, Court of appeal, Dell, Ontario, Uber Technologies Inc, Ontario Court of Appeal, Heller, UNCITRAL, Dispute Resolution, Heintzman, Supreme Court of Canada in Dell Computer Corp


Collateral damage from laws around euthanasia | Letters

Readers respond to an article by Christopher de Bellaigue that asked whether euthanasia has gone too farIn response to the excellent article on what we can learn from the expanding practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands (Death on demand: Has euthanasia gone too far?, 18 January), we would like to add our assessment of the effects of assisted dying legislation on vulnerable patient groups. As experts in the fields of intellectual disability and palliative care, coming from both the Netherlands...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Law, Cancer, Society, World news, Disability, Autism, Netherlands, Older people, Assisted dying, Christopher de Bellaigue, Netherlands Death, Dutch Euthanasia Review Committee


Dutch surgeon wins landmark 'right to be forgotten' case

Ruling will ensure doctors no longer judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer saysA Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling.The doctor’s registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her postoperative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension unde...
Tags: Health, Google, Europe, Technology, Internet, Society, World news, Netherlands, Doctors, Right To Be Forgotten


"When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed."

"'They were drinking and guffawing and crying,' Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. 'It was boisterous. And I thought: "How am I going to cleave the waters?" But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, "OK, guys!" and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldn’t have known how to break up the party.' Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the bo...
Tags: Law, Suicide, Relationships, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Euthanasia, Keizer, Festivities, Ann Althouse


Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequencesBy Christopher de BellaigueLast year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed. “They were drinking and guffawing and cry...
Tags: Europe, Law, Life and style, Society, World news, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Death and dying, Belgium, Assisted dying, Keizer, Christopher de BellaigueLast, Bert Keizer


Dutch eco initiative halves energy bills in first UK homes

Nottingham pioneers ‘Energiesprong’ after it wins £5m funding from EUA Dutch approach to transforming old homes through a dramatic green makeover has arrived in the UK and cut tenants’ energy bills in half.Nottingham has become the first city council to pioneer the “Energiesprong” (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, UK, Money, Climate Change, Housing, Environment, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Energy industry, Netherlands, Energy Bills, Nottingham


Dutch eco initiative cuts energy bills in half in first UK homes

Nottingham pioneers ‘Energiesprong’ after it wins £5m funding from EUA Dutch approach to transforming old homes through a dramatic green makeover has arrived in the UK and cut tenants’ energy bills in half.Nottingham has become the first city council to pioneer the “Energiesprong” (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, UK, Money, Climate Change, Housing, Environment, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Energy industry, Netherlands, Energy Bills, Nottingham


An Uber Decision on Arbitration Clauses

Rideshare companies like Uber have already completely transformed the transportation industry, but they are not without their detractors. As I first mentioned in 2017, a class action launched against the company, and has recently made its way to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Superior Court motion decision, summarized on Slaw here, relied on the Arbitration Act, 1991, the International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, and case law such as Seidel v. TELUS Communications Inc., Wellman v. TELUS ...
Tags: Uber, Law, Court, US, Chicago, Esa, Philippines, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Union, Court of appeal, Ontario, Ministry, Wallace, Davidson, Davies


Top ten developments in international law in 2018

This year was, once again, one of great political turmoil. The international legal order is not immune from the impact of the rise of populism and increasingly strained relations between many of the world’s most powerful states. A positive view is that we are witnessing a period of global re-adjustment. A more negative take is that there is a real risk of the fabric of the international legal order, created so carefully in the aftermath of the First and Second World Wars, unravelling. One of thi...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, Featured, Human Rights, Supreme Court, Law, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Israel, Court, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv


SCOTUS Map: December 2018

Civility and collegiality continued to be a theme in the Supreme Court justices’ appearances this month. On a December 7 visit to Duquesne University, Justice Sonia Sotomayor recounted a conversation about civility with the other justices. Previous justices were at times openly hostile to one another, and the court’s current era of collegiality is perhaps more of an exception than the rule. According to Sotomayor, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was in large part responsible for this chang...
Tags: Hollywood, Featured, Nbc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, America, Cnn, United States, Netherlands, Npr, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Variety


Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband, 69, argued that his age was causing him to struggle to find work and loveA Dutch court has rejected the request of a self-styled “positivity guru” to shave 20 years off his age, in a case that drew worldwide attention.Last month, Emile Ratelband asked the court in Arnhem to formally change his date of birth to make him 49. He said his official age did not reflect his emotional state and it was causing him to struggle to find work and love. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Law, World news, Netherlands, Ageing, Arnhem, Emile Ratelband


Can local walking groups help solve urban issues?

Dutch cities are using wijkwandelingen, or neighbourhoods walks, as a hyperlocal way of improving cities, from fixing signs to adding playgrounds “This street sign is crooked,” notes Henny Koot, then stoops down to straighten it.We are in Spoorwijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague. “Spoorwijk is a very special neighbourhood. It’s a green space where children can play safely in the playgrounds, where entrepreneurs from different cultures have set up shop. People care about each other,” explains Koot...
Tags: Europe, Communities, Society, Turkey, Cities, Netherlands, The Hague, Surinam, Koot, Henny Koot, Spoorwijk, Laak The Hague


Doctor to face Dutch prosecution for breach of euthanasia law

Lawyers claim elderly dementia patient did not clearly state she wanted to dieA doctor who slipped a sleeping drug into a 74-year-old woman’s coffee before administering a lethal drug as members of her family held her down is to be the first medic to be prosecuted for breaching Dutch euthanasia laws.A public prosecutor in The Hague said in a statement that the doctor could not have unambiguously come to the conclusion that the patient wanted to die. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Law, Society, World news, Mental Health, Netherlands, Assisted dying, The Hague


Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger

Motivational speaker Emile Ratelband compares bid to alter age to gender changeA 69-year-old Dutch “positivity guru” who says he does not feel his age has started a battle to make himself legally 20 years younger on the grounds that he is being discriminated against on a dating app.Emile Ratelband told a court in Arnhem in the Netherlands that he did not feel “comfortable” with his date of birth, and compared his wish to alter it to people who identified as transgender. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, World news, Netherlands, Arnhem, Emile Ratelband


Schools roundup

Social justice education: on the march and coming to a school system near you [Frederick M. Hess and Grant Addison, National Review] New wave of institutional reform litigation aims to replace democratic oversight of public schools with governance by courts, lawyers, and NGOs [Dana Goldstein, New York Times] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, trying to force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, ignores 75 years of Supreme Court precedent [Scott Shackford] “My Daughter’s Middle S...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Netherlands, Schools, Pledge Of Allegiance, Wisconsin, School Lunch, Denver, Hess, Addison, Ken Paxton, Jacob Sullum, Acton Institute


Amsterdam reveals plans to change face of red-light district

Prostitution permit plan aimed at allowing women to work anonymously in safer areasAmsterdam’s mayor is planning to issue sex worker permits for locations outside the city’s historic centre in an attempt to encourage women working from behind windows in the De Wallen red-light district to move out of the area.Femke Halsema, the Dutch’s capital’s first female mayor, will launch a fresh push to change the face of the streets around the city’s docks next year, after the failure of a series of attem...
Tags: Europe, Prostitution, Society, World news, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Sex trade, De Wallen, Femke Halsema


The most culturally chauvinist people in Europe? Greeks, new research suggests

Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe. Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia. British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.Do you think your culture is superior to that of people elsewhere? Across Europe, that question is answered with a remarkable degree of variation. Hotbeds of chauvinisim In eight of the 33 countries recently surveyed by the Pe...
Tags: Europe, UK, Sweden, France, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Spain, Society, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Sociology, Italy


Greeks are the most chauvinist Europeans

Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is 'superior' to othersDo you think your culture is superior to that of people elsewhere? Across Europe, that question is answered with a remarkable degree of variation. Russia, the Balkans and the Caucasus are hotbeds...
Tags: Europe, UK, Sweden, Identity, France, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Spain, Society, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Italy


The idea and the visual images of making soap from liposuctioned human fat is already there in the book and movie "Fight Club," so...

... is it anything at all for an artist to actually do it — make the soap and even sell what is actually usable soap?Vice tells us that the artist, Julian Hetzel, is Dutch and got his human fat from plastic surgeons in the Netherlands and that the final soap product only has 10% human fat. The artist clumsily instructs us about the intended meaning of his product (which is called Schuldfabrik):"We decided to work with fat as a material that represents guilt or that contains guilt and to understa...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Cleaning, Law, Wikipedia, Germany, Nazis, Paris, Netherlands, Hitler, Shame, Cemetery, Performance art, Fight Club, Vedder, Ann Althouse


They idea and the visual images of making soap from liposuctioned human fat is already there in the book and movie "Fight Club," so...

... is it anything at all for an artist to actually do it — make the soap and even sell what is actually usable soap?Vice tells us that the artist, Julian Hetzel, is Dutch and got his human fat from plastic surgeons in the Netherlands and that the final soap product only has 10% human fat. The artist clumsily instructs us about the intended meaning of his product (which is called Schuldfabrik):"We decided to work with fat as a material that represents guilt or that contains guilt and to understa...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Cleaning, Law, Wikipedia, Germany, Nazis, Paris, Netherlands, Hitler, Shame, Cemetery, Performance art, Fight Club, Vedder, Ann Althouse



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