The Impact of the European Union on American Businesses: Google Fined for Antitrust Violations

In March, the European Commission fined Google LLC and its parent company, Alphabet Inc. (Google), €1.49 billion (which equals almost $1.7 billion) for abusive online advertising practices that broke the European Union’s (EU) antitrust rules.[1] Google’s practices prevented or limited its rivals from working with companies that were doing business with Google and shielded Google … Read more

The Rise of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a rising trend in business practices as consumers continue to demonstrate their preference for socially and environmentally conscious companies.[1] Though consumers, and their ethically use of buying power, are the predominant factor pushing companies towards socially and environmentally conscious practices, legal developments are also creating legally binding obligations for business … Read more

Spotlight Series: Dr. Aloysius (Louie) Llamzon

“Self-awareness is a single most important factor in anybody’s professional life,” says Aloysius (Louie) Llamzon, a senior associate at a world-class law firm, a recognized author, a husband, and a father of two. “Think about it,” he explains, “the ability to be forthright with what you are good at, and then to pursue it wholeheartedly … Read more

The Right to a Healthy Environment

The basic premise is that everyone deserves to live in an environment that does not harm their well-being and provides an adequate standard of living. Currently, the right to a healthy environment is not one that is internationally recognized as a human right. There are skeptics that claim that the environment and human rights are … Read more

How a Mosquito Bite Differs By Two Weeks

Now that the Zika virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes of Miami Beach, concern about the spread of the disease in the United States has taken on new urgency. Zika is a virus that is transferable by mosquito bite or sexual intercourse. Generally, in adults, the virus is harmless—causing common cold symptoms in an infected … Read more

A Bittersweet Ending to the Longest Civil War in Latin America: Colombia-FARC

Colombia has struggled for decades to combat the illegal drug trade, terrorism, and violence that FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) has contributed to since 1966. Known for being one of the richest guerrilla armies in the world,  FARC has approximately 8,000 rebel fighters that control many rural areas in the south and eastern portions … Read more

The Esquire: An Interview with Francois Roux

Francois Roux has been an attorney for 38 years. In that time, he has represented defendants before various international criminal jurisdictions such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court. His previous defendants include the Cambodian genocide leader Comrade Duch and 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Mr. Roux recently joined the Special Tribunal … Read more

International Water Law and the Euphrates Conundrum

Most conversations about Syria and Turkey currently revolve around the Syrian uprising, the regime’s repression of it, and a certain Turkish warplane shot down recently near the Syrian-Turkish border. However, a pre-existing, lower-level dispute between the two countries regarding the waters of the Euphrates river existed long before the uprising began, and will certainly continue … Read more