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John Yoo Wrong on Geneva Conventions Again

In a remarkable op-ed in the LA Times, John Yoo and Robert Delahunty offer a defense of the Administration's refusal to apply the Geneva Conventions in two cases (1) the war against Al Queda; and (2) the Taliban.

2005 Spring Speakers Announced

The Center for Internet and Society and the
Stanford Law and Technology Association

present their spring 2005
speaker series

All talks are at the law school, from 12:30-1:30PM
free and open to the public
lunch served.

details.

Are Right Wing Bloggers Worried About Criticism?

Kevin Drum points out that the most popular right wing bloggers refuse to permit comments on their posts.

As I write this, the top ten conservative blogs are Instapundit, Powerline, LGF, Malkin, Captain's Quarters, Sullivan, Hewitt, Volokh, Wizbang, and The Corner. Of those, only three have comments, and the LGF folks do everything in their power to keep anyone outside their own sycophantic fan base from contributing.

German CIS fellows meeting

On Saturday, January 15th, German CIS fellows (Barbara van Schewick, Stefan Bechtold, Christoph Engemann, Dan Wielsch and me) had a meeting in Berlin. After talking about anyone's education, current position, future plans "and stuff", we decided to meet twice a year in future to discuss a selected subject and hear a report on a current research project by one of the fellows. Promising !

New symposium report

In the current issue of the German information law journal "Kommunikation & Recht" you'll find a short symposium report on the 2nd Information Law Symposium about the legal aspects of "e-Gambling", organized by the Zentrum fuer Informationsrecht (Center of Information Law) of the Heinrich-Heine-University at Duesseldorf (pp. 30-32).

Book Review: Hummel, Konrad, Das Recht der behoerdlichen Regelungsexperimente. (Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2003), in: DIE VERWALTUNG Vol. 37 (2004), pp. 578-581.

"e-Gambling" als Herausforderung an das Recht. 2. Duesseldorfer Informationsrechtstag des Zentrums fuer Informationsrecht der Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, in: KOMMUNIKATION & RECHT 2005, pp. 30-32. (Symposium report: legal aspects of "e-Gambling")

Oscar Wilde vor Gericht. Der Verleumdungsprozess gegen den Marquess of Queensberry und die beiden Prozesse gegen Oscar Wilde wegen schwerer Unzucht (1895). In: Vormbaum, Thomas (Ed.), Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte, Vol. 5. Berlin 2004, pp. 676-707. (On the Oscar Wilde trials)

Post India Blog: Pollution Ups and Downs

I don't believe that increased population necessarily means greater pollution. Consider the case of New Delhi. A decade ago when I visited New Delhi, the air was foul. But the air was, at least to the eye, much clearer at the beginning of 2005. Why the transformation? Many attribute the improvement to the local regulation requiring buses and taxis (including the ubiquitous 3-wheeler tuk-tuks) to switch their fuel to CNG (compressed natural gas). So a major apparent success.

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