Posts Tagged ‘England’

Lord McAlpine and Twitter Libel: Does failing to sue when a libel is first published raise a defence of waiver, estoppel or acquiescence?

November 20, 2012

The recent media scandal involving British peer, Lord McAlpine (pictured above) who threatened to sue the BBC, ITV and thousands of Twitter users over false accusations of pedophilia is discussed over at Inforrm’s Blog: (more…)

Geert Van Calster on the UK courts, West Tankers and the Brussels I Reg. Arbitration Exception

September 28, 2012

Geert Van Calster  (K.U. Leuven) has posted “Kerpow! The United Kingdom Courts, West Tankers and the Arbitration ‘Exception’ in the Brussels I Regulation” European Review of Private Law, Forthcoming. Here’s the abstract:


On 24 January 2012, the Court of Appeal for England and Wales upheld the decision by the High Court’s to grant leave for the enforcement of the arbitral award issued in favor of West Tankers against Erg and its insurers, Allianz and Generali. The conciseness of the ruling is in sharp contrast with its relevance. By allowing, in an almost matter-of-fact way, the enforceability in principle of the award, the Court of Appeal has almost certainly set in motion the next chapter in the long-running West Tankers litigation. At stake are the exact boundaries of the rule which excludes arbitration from the ‘Brussels I’ or ‘Jurisdiction’ Regulation (‘JR’).

 A copy of the paper is available for download via SSRN here.




Sir Winston Churchill: On Writing*

November 24, 2011
Churchill at Potsdam, July 1945

Image via Wikipedia

“Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” – Sir Winston Churchill *

* The attribution of the quote to Churchill may be apocryphal. I have been unable to locate the original source from Churchill’s writings, and, yes, I Googled it and checked WikiQuote to no avail.

Richard Langworth, Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations (Ebury Press,UK, 2008) at p. 49 cites the source of the Churchill quote as:

“1949, 2 November, Grosvenor House, London (Churchill Archives Centre).”

(h/t to a spam commenter, with my apologies for deletion. Keep trying.)

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