Archive for June, 2006

Russian Ethics

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006 at 10:59

Three articles in the Financial Times today discuss the difficulties of business in Russia. Each presents a gloomy picture. The prevailing image is that of the Wild West where might was right and law and justice were suborned. In the first, we see Rosneft’s recently published IPO prospectus which catalogues a series of dangers for […]






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Can Lawyers Be Ethical in Russia?

Monday, June 26th, 2006 at 18:37

At the start of July, Rosneft, a huge Russian oil company will launch its plans to raise $10billion on the London and Moscow stock exchanges. It seems Russian prospectuses are somewhat less than transparent when it comes to identifying the histories of companies and who actually owns them, especially other “beneficial” owners. The prospectuses announce […]






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Everything Changes

Monday, June 19th, 2006 at 21:24

Alan Bennett’s play, The History Boys, won six Tonys recently. And in an interview with the Financial Times he talked about his diaries. Jan Dalley wrote: The diaries of 2004 record the making of The History Boys in fascinating detail. Work apart, they are a delightful smorgasbord of sparkling mundane descriptions – trapping mice, visiting […]






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Engrenages (Spiral) and French policiers

Saturday, June 17th, 2006 at 00:45

French policiers are gritty. Gritty? Yes, if you look at most of the detectives very few seem to shave more than once a week. Or maybe in their case it’s extreme 5 o’clock shadow. Even the women look gritty, those that are cops not the civilians. I’ve just encountered my first French television detective series […]






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Transforming English Court Ideology

Monday, June 12th, 2006 at 19:10

I’ve been writing a review essay for a journal of Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira. This book has featured here before, because I believe it is one of the best of its kind. My aim is to tie it into the failure of courts to do what they are supposed to do. One of the […]






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