Questions for Austria Following the Stephan Templ Case

By Robert Amsterdam and Claire Kerschensteiner Stephan Templ’s conviction for serious fraud and his original sentence of three years imprisonment, now reduced to one, for damaging the Republic of Austria is an embarrassment for the country. To indict, convict and jail somebody for filling out an application form ‘incorrectly’ makes no sense. The restitution process, […]

Who Can Trust John Key?

In the past few days, we have heard further revelations regarding the illegal activities of New Zealand’s spying agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). According to reports by journalists Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher, of the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept respectively, the GCSB has again engaged in surveillance that transcends its mandate, […]

The NACC Whitewash of Abhisit

The recent announcement by Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that it will be initiating an official investigation into former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva for his part in the 2010 Bangkok Massacre should be greeted with the suspicion that all actions undertaken by the junta administration deserve. In few other countries would the murders of dozens […]

Venezuela’s Deepening Legal Nihilism

Not that many people are paying attention outside of the region, but Venezuela is quickly approaching the precipice of disaster. At 68% inflation, the country ranks among the worst performing economies in the world outside of Sudan. Unemployment, debt, unchecked violence and insecurity, and widespread shortages of basic goods ($755 condoms) are drawing comparisons with […]

Bibi’s Big Day in Washington

The level of attention directed toward today’s speech before the U.S. Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nothing short of remarkable. He’s on the front page of pretty much every news service, on every channel (even the disinterested European broadcasters), clogging the Twitter timeline of everyone remotely interested in politics. Bibi’s goal is […]

Austria’s Original Error in Templ Case

We’ve published a number of updates here regarding my client, Stephan Templ, who is facing persecution by the Austrian authorities over a restitution claim. Now these updates will be featured on a dedicated website, StephanTempl.com, specifically relating to the case. Here’s an extract from the latest post, The Original Error of the Case against Stephan […]

Yes, Blame Putin for Nemtsov’s Murder

In the days following the brazen murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov directly in front of the Kremlin, Russia watchers have been agog with rumours, theories, and warnings of the darkness to come. But in as frequently as we have come to use terms such as “new low” and “turning point” with regard to political […]

Thailand’s Theatre of the Absurd

The sentencing this week of a 23-year-old student actor and a 26-year-old theatre producer to serve two and a half years in prison marks yet another low point in the slow motion car crash that is Thai politics under the military junta. Patiwat (“Bank”) Saraiyaem and Porntip (“Golf”) Mankong could hardly be considered any sort […]

Waiting for Obama to Wake Up on Thailand

Finally people are talking about the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the brutal military coup in Thailand which toppled an elected government. This is an issue that deserves far more attention. From the Diplomat: In the days following the coup, the State Department said the right things. However, as little serious attention was being paid […]

An Open Letter to Zambian Watchdog

17 February 2015 Dear Mr. Editor, I write to you as International counsel to His Excellency, former President Rupiah Banda and to Henry Banda (Mr. Banda), regarding serious and urgent concerns over articles published on your website over the past week. I refer to your articles of 9 February 2015, “Henry Banda joins Katumbi, Lungu […]