Monthly Archives: February, 2024

Ahmed Izzidien, ‘Using the Interest Theory of Rights and Hohfeldian Taxonomy to Address a Gap in Machine Learning Methods for Legal Document Analysis’

ABSTRACT Rights and duties are essential features of legal documents. Machine learning algorithms have been increasingly applied to extract information from such texts. Currently, their main focus is on named entity recognition, sentiment analysis, and the classification of court cases to predict court outcome. In this paper it is argued that until the essential features […]

Ooi and See, ‘Promoting ESG Investing by Trustees: Risk Management and Structuring Solutions’

INTRODUCTION The world is falling behind on its commitments to tackle some of the most pressing problems of this century: climate change, inequality, and other obstacles to building a sustainable future. In 2015, all Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (‘UNSDG’) […]

‘Is Generative AI Fair Use of Copyright Works? NYT v OpenAI

The case recently brought against OpenAI by the New York Times is the latest in a series of legal actions involving AI in the United States, and mirrored in other countries – notably, the UK. In order to train their technologies, should AI companies be allowed to use works under copyright protection without consent? The […]

‘Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2023’

The thirty-seventh annual survey on choice of law in the American courts is now available on SSRN. The survey covers significant cases decided in 2023 on choice of law, party autonomy, extraterritoriality, international human rights, foreign sovereign immunity, adjudicative jurisdiction, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. So, on this leap day, we thought […]

Jenny Ng, ‘White interference, bad collaborations and new norms in Indigenous art: Can intellectual property law reforms fix this?’

ABSTRACT Indigenous art has had longstanding issues with Australian copyright law, including the issue of collaborations in Indigenous art. In 2023, a related issue concerning allegations of ‘white interference’ surfaced. Those allegations highlighted the problem of forming ethical collaborations in the Indigenous arts industry relying on existing law. Partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to […]

Lachlan Robb and Scott Kiel-Chisholm, ‘Person, or property? Brain-Computer Interface technology and the law’

ABSTRACT Discussions of robotics and the law are often limited to ‘what technology harms humans’, rather than considering what it means when ‘humans harm technology’. This article looks to advancements of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology to argue how this can be an extension of individuals and therefore causes complicated legal questions that are yet to […]

Bart Custers and Gianclaudio Malgieri, ‘Priceless Data: Why the EU Fundamental Right to Data Protection is at Odds with Trade in Personal Data’

ABSTRACT Many free online services, including search engines and social media, use business models based on the collecting and processing of personal data of its users. The user data are analysed, leased or sold to generate profits. Basically, the users are not paying for the services with subscription fees or any kind of monetary payment, […]

Nonso Anyasi and Solomon Oho, ‘Copyright Ownership of AI-Generated Content in Nigeria’

ABSTRACT The Law recognizes and affords legal protection to authors and other creators/inventors of intellectual property (‘IP’) for their qualifying works or other IP rights. This protection avails the creator or inventor the opportunity to enjoy exclusive economic benefits from the use of the invention or creative work (for a period of time). With the […]

Alexandra Flynn, ‘Owning the Street: The Everyday Life of Property by Amelia Thorpe’

If property theory and the ‘right to the city’ had a baby, it would be Amelia Thorpe’s Owning the Street: The Everyday Life of Property. In this riveting book, Amelia Thorpe deftly examines the complexities of property law and ‘pop-up’ urban spaces – in this case, PARK(ing), an international movement where locals take over metered […]

‘Unveiling the Shadows: Legal Services Board exposes misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)’

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has brought to light concerning findings regarding the use and misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in a summary report based on evidence collected from respondents to a call for evidence last year. This report aims to contribute to ongoing discussions about the ethical conduct and practices of lawyers involved in […]