Is Kosovo a Country? (Part III)

By Samuel Lindsay RECOGNITION Having established in Part I and Part II that Kosovo likely satisfies the Montevideo Convention and independence criteria, it becomes necessary to consider the vexed question of recognition. Put simply, recognition is a statement or act by a State indicating the status in international law of another entity. The entity in […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part II)

By Samuel Lindsay INDEPENDENCE Having established in Part I that Kosovo satisfies the classic criteria for statehood in the Montevideo Convention, it is necessary to move to the next requirement for statehood: independence. While it may evoke romantic visions of the American Revolutionary War or the long struggle for Indian independence, the term does not […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part I)

By Samuel Lindsay Statehood is a deceptively simple concept. While identifying France or Argentina as a State is not exactly ground-breaking, entities such as Palestine or Kosovo pose considerably more difficulty. Clearly, politics plays a significant role in designation. Yet substantial complexities exist in international law as well. Over the course of three articles these […]

Trump, Whistle-blowing and a Lesson in Medieval History

By Jing-Zhi Wong Under the US Obama Administration, whistle-blower protections and rewards inflated substantially under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.[1]¬†The Act provides anti-retaliation protection and certain monetary rewards payable to¬†eligible whistle-blowers who voluntarily provide original information that leads to successful prosecutions of over $1 million.[2] This has led to several payouts in recent years in excess […]