There is a lot of confusion on the web regarding the words illegal and criminal. Many people seem to believe that these words are synonymous and interchangeable but they are not. Especially many people are apparently clueless whether breach of contract is illegal or not.
Short answer: breach of contract is illegal. However, it is often not a criminal offense. Continue reading Illegal vs criminal
A couple of years ago we proposed the idea of a general data download tax to fund an alternative compensation scheme. Under this tax people would pay a charge for each, say, gigabyte of data they would download. Though the concept itself is rather simple, it becomes complicated if one needs to take into account businesses, libraries and internet cafés. Continue reading On downloading
Earlier we developed the theory of public property as a special case of co-ownership. Property includes the rights of usus, fructus and abusus. This piece will discuss the nature of the everyman’s right or the freedom to roam within the theory of land as common property. Continue reading Everyman’s right
Earlier we advocated the abolition of compulsory testimonies by witnesses, because (eye) witness statements are too often unreliable. A particular type of testimony is hearsay (testimonium de auditu), which we will explain with an example: Continue reading Hearsay
This is the third and final installment of our series on public property. In order to understand this discussion, one should have read the previous installments:
On co-ownership and public property
Property, possession and holding Continue reading Public property and government
Individuals, or natural persons in legal jargon, can commit crimes and hence can be prosecuted for crimes. Similarly many jurisdictions provide for the criminal prosecution of juristic persons, popularly known as “corporations”. The question might rise should the criminal prosecution of the government be possible? Continue reading On the criminal prosecution of the government
Suppose that Alice owns a home with more rooms then she need for herself. Therefore she offers one room to Bob, on condition he performs 12 hours of housework a week. He agrees.
How would you classify this contract?
- a rental contract with rent paid in kind, or
- an employment contract with wage paid in kind.
Please leave your answer with arguments as a comment.
In the past criminal procedure relied upon confessions and witness statements. However with the progress of forensic science the need of such evidence has been declined. And even more important psychology learns us that human memory is anything but reliable. Continue reading Testimony
Earlier we discussed co-ownership and the theory of public property as a special case of co-ownership. Here we will have a closer look on the related concepts of property, possession and holding. These will help us to better understand the relationship between government and citizens regarding Mordan land law. Continue reading Property, possession and holding
Ownership is the most complete right one can have in relation to a specific object, which means that the owner can do whatever with his or her property as he or she sees fit. The owner may use, sell, give away or destroy his or her property – provided that this does not violate the rights of others. Continue reading On co-ownership and public property