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Freeriding isn’t allowed in an alliance, but neither is bullying and humiliating your allies
Donald Trump has caused uproar in Europe by his comments that the US under his lead would not come to the rescue of NATO states that are not contributing enough financially to NATO’s defence capacity. This is not the first time he has said such things, and he made similar suggestions when he was the sitting president. This time he added some unhinged and provocative comments about how he would actually encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell it wants” with non-paying NATO member states. But leaving aside this appalling style and all antipathies, let’s consider if he has a point in law.
Freeriding isn’t allowed in an alliance, but neither is bullying and humiliating your allies
Joy, peace, optimism
To our readers and authors, our wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will return in 2024.
Joy, peace, optimism
Wardyński & Partners helps organise competition for the Prof. Irena Wiszniewska-Białecka Prize
Submissions are open for the first edition of the Jerzy Wiszniewski Foundation’s competition for an outstanding scholarly work on trademark, competition or antitrust law.
Wardyński & Partners helps organise competition for the Prof. Irena Wiszniewska-Białecka Prize
5th Future-Ready Lawyer report
Wolters Kluwer has published its fifth report on the changes, opportunities and challenges lawyers face around the world. This year’s survey included 700 lawyers working in law firms, legal departments and consulting companies in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. What are its implications?
5th Future-Ready Lawyer report
Business law firms in a time of paradigm shift
An ability to predict is probably one of the oldest human desires. Many people make predictions, but few are right. And if they are, they can rarely explain why they are right. If a prediction proves right, it is usually by coincidence. What does work is diligent observation of the surroundings, taking into account all relevant dimensions, and an ability to spot symptoms of a new reality on the “event horizon” before others.
The dispute over the Polish judicial system and the security of legal rulings: On the common-law de facto doctrine of judicial competence
The legal chaos into which the Polish judicial system has been plunged generates huge practical problems and threats to the security of legal rulings. It casts into doubt the legality of hundreds of judicial appointments and the validity of thousands and thousands of rulings on which commercial and social life are based. One way to contain these threats could be the principle functioning in common-law countries known as the “de facto doctrine,” which under certain conditions allows the acts of judges and officers who were unlawfully appointed to be deemed nonetheless valid. Outside the common law, this doctrine could also be inferred from the constitutional principle of the rule of law as well as the fundamental principles of EU law.
The dispute over the Polish judicial system and the security of legal rulings: On the common-law de facto doctrine of judicial competence
2021 Yearbook
It would be tempting to say that we are publishing this Yearbook in an entirely different world than the previous edition. But the question is whether the world has actually changed, or we simply find ourselves living in different circumstances.
2021 Yearbook
EU–China Strategic Outlook
Two of the world’s greatest powerhouses, the European Union and China, are linked by an enduring relationship with close trade and economic ties. Both are committed to a comprehensive strategic partnership, and both share commitments and interests in global sustainable development.
EU–China Strategic Outlook
Law in the cosmos
There aren’t just satellites orbiting the earth—there’s also space debris. And some countries claim rights to natural resources found on other celestial bodies, and permit the sale of plots on the moon. Some sort of legal rules must apply in outer space, so it is clear who is allowed to do what in the universe.
Law in the cosmos
The rise of independent professionals
One of the effects of the fourth industrial revolution is the uberisation of the economy – a shift from the classical economy in which businesses internally control and organize assets and activities to perform their functions, to the platform model where digital tools make it possible to coordinate independent individuals and external resources towards the same activity.
The rise of independent professionals
Wardyński & Partners announces recruitment for the Litigation Academy
The Litigation Academy is a series of workshops designed for students in their last years of legal education and recent graduates now training for the profession. During the workshops experienced litigators will share with participants knowledge and skills in working with the client, the court, and teams of specialists from various fields and jurisdictions.
Wardyński & Partners announces recruitment for the Litigation Academy
Europe has to come up with a plan for China
China-based businesses have specific objectives and are working hard to achieve a presence on the global markets. The world does not have a plan for dealing with Chinese commercial expansion – commentary on the Inter-Pacific Bar Association conference.
Europe has to come up with a plan for China