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Can I Sue My Employer If I Get Kidnapped?

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Every year, more than 90 million Americans travel outside the US for work or leisure. However, the last thing you would expect to happen when you’re in a foreign country is to get kidnapped. That’s anyone’s worst nightmare. Although kidnapping statistics held by the US government and private security companies are not usually released publicly, we estimate that number could …

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Are There Laws in International Waters?

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If you were a fugitive on the run, where would you escape to? Is there any place on earth you could go where law enforcement couldn’t get to you? Well, one option would be to buy a yacht or sailboat and head out to the high seas and live out the rest of your days there. Sort of like a …

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What Is Espionage?

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Flashback to 1917, shortly after the US entered World War I. Congress passed a law that banned the sharing of any sensitive information that would potentially disrupt the country’s military activities and interests in the ongoing war or aid its enemies. This law, which was known as the Espionage Act of 1917, imposed a $20,000 fine and 20-year prison sentence …

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Diplomatic Immunity: Who Gets It and When They Don’t

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The recent death of Harry Dunn, a 19-year old British national left many tongues wagging about the peculiar legal status that is diplomatic immunity. Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat who became the subject of an investigation after her car collided with the teenager’s motorcycle, left the UK shortly after the unfortunate incident occurred. British authorities expressed their …

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Extradition: When Crimes Cross-National Borders

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Remember when Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid getting extradited to Sweden in 2012? Well, it looks like his extradition woes had only just begun. At the time, he was facing sexual assault charges, which have since been dropped. He was granted asylum by Ecuador to avoid possible extradition to the …