The law of outer space is rapidly evolving to adapt to changes in the economic drivers as well as advancements in technological capabilities. The contents of this book are a reflection of this changing environment as evidenced in the writings of the second and third generations of space lawyers. Theoretical aspects of space law are explored by chapters relating to fundamental concepts central to thecorpus juris spatialis. Practical aspects of space law are probed by examinations into international and domestic regulation of commercial activities, with particular emphasis on African, Asian, and European perspectives. International policy considerations are scrutinized in relation to military uses of outer space. The scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is the subject of a concise history of the discipline vis-a-vis the role of the SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and also of a study of the policy and other ramifications of social media in the event of the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial beings.The book concludes with the republication of the seminal and highly influential Relations With Alien Intelligences The Scientific Basis of Metalaw by Dr. Ernst Fasan, first published in 1970. Scholar, author, and attorney Ernst Fasan was among the original space lawyers, a small, pioneering group of visionaries who recognized that the movement of man into space must be accomplished without the shackles of history and in an environment free from the threat of the use of space as an instrument of armed aggression. The influence of Dr. Fasan has extended beyond the international legal community to the broader scientific community, especially to the field of astrobiology, as he pursued groundbreaking investigations into what could be the ultimate in legal relationships - metalaw - the interaction of sentient beings from different planets. The contributors to this Liber Amicorum are among those who can trace their own work to the foundations of space law placed in part by Ernst Fasan.
Dr. Kwaw provides a wide-ranging discussion of the offshore banking and finance process, structure, and law-including, among other topics, eurocurrency wholesale deposits, international funds transfers, eurocurrency syndicated loans, eurosecurities issues, securities regulation, and swap-driven financing. Kwaw discusses both the deposit and credit sides of the offshore banking and finance market, then takes readers through a hands-on description of the nature of a eurocurrency deposit, the laws governing such deposits, and the common law of funds transfers. On the credit side, Kwaw treats regulations and common law rules for offshore banking and finance, including Exchange controls, U.S. and U.K. securities regulation, and governing law issues. A useful, readable book for professionals in banking, finance, investment and their academic colleagues.
Dr. Kwaw's book is a discussion of the structure and process of offshore banking and finance and the common law and regulations that govern offshore banking and finance activities. This wide-ranging introduction to the facet of offshore banking, usually referred to as the eurocurrency market, treats not only the deposit side of the eurocurrency market-the deposit and placement of wholesale funds in foreign currency-but also the process by which funds that are deposited in offshore accounts are either loaned to borrowers or transformed into other financial assests such as eurosecurities.
On the deposit side of the market, Kwaw discusses the process of placing wholesale deposits into offshore accounts, and the interbank placement of such funds by eurobanks or banks that engage in wholesale transactions involving foreign currency. On the credit side he looks at the various financing methods-how the funds that are deposited in offshore bank accounts or eurocurrency accounts are then made available to investors and borrowers. The credit side thus includes the nature of syndicated eurcurrency loans, the nature and process of issuing eurobonds and other eurosecurities, and offshore financing methods such as swap-driven financing. Kwaw then examines the framework of common law rules and other regulations. From the deposit side he discusses the nature of legal relationships between parties to offshore currency deposits and parties involved in international funds transfers, then the nature of the legal relationship between offshore banks and funds transfer networks and the laws governing funds transfers. On the credit side he studies the laws governing international financial transactions, the exchange controls that may be imposed on offshore banking and financing transactions, the legal relationship between parties to syndicated eurocurrency loan agreements and the law governing them, the relationship and law covering parties to eurosecurities issues, and finally the legal relationship between parties to swap-driven financing. An important, readable, useful book for professionals in banking, finance, investment, and their academic colleagues.
Popular Culture, Piracy, and Outlaw Pedagogy explores the relationship between power and resistance by critiquing the popular cultural image of the pirate represented in Pirates of the Caribbean. Of particular interest is the reliance on modernism's binary good/evil, Sparrow/Jones, how the films' distinguish the two concepts/characters via corruption, and what we may learn from this structure which I argue supports neoliberal ideologies of indifference towards the piratical Other. What became evident in my research is how the erasure of corruption via imperial and colonial codifications within seventeenth century systems of culture, class hierarchies, and language succeeded in its re-presentation of the pirate and members of a colonized India as corrupt individuals with empire emerging from the struggle as exempt from that corruption. This erasure is evidenced in Western portrayals of Somali pirates as corrupt Beings without any acknowledgement of transnational corporations' role in provoking pirate resurgence in that region. This forces one to re-examine who the pirate is in this situation. Erasure is also evidenced in current interpretations of both Bush's No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top initiative. While NCLB created conditions through which corruption occurred, I demonstrate how Race to the Top erases that corruption from the institution of education by placing it solely into the hands of teachers, thus providing the institution a "free pass" to engage in any behavior it deems fit. What pirates teach us, then, are potential ways to thwart the erasure process by engaging a pedagogy of passion, purpose, radical love and loyalty to the people involved in the educational process.
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