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The Ethical Knob and Self-driving Vehicles

By on March 20, 2018

Francesca Lagioia* Accidents involving Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) raise difficult ethical dilemmas; legal issues emerge from hypothetical accident scenarios, where AVs have to make decisions involving human lives. A classic example with which to introduce such an ethical dilemma is based on the following   scenario: in a dangerous and unavoidable accident situation, your AV must decide […]

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A Theory of Emotional Choice for International Relations

By on March 15, 2018
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Robin Markwica * Why do states often refuse to yield to military threats from a more powerful actor, such as the United States? Why do they frequently prefer war to compliance? International Relations scholars generally employ the rational choice logic of consequences or the constructivist logic of appropriateness to explain this puzzling behavior. Max Weber, however, suggested […]

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How European is European Private International Law?

By on January 16, 2018

A conference in Berlin, 2 and 3 March 2018, Organized by Jürgen Basedow, Jan von Hein, Eva-Maria Kieninger and Giesela Rühl Over the course of the last decades the European legislature has adopted a total of 18 Regulations in the area of private international law (including civil procedure). The resulting substantial degree of legislative unification […]

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Will the UK Remain an Attractive Place for Foreign Academics After Brexit?

By on March 7, 2017

By Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Law Fellow 2011-12) , Senior Lecturer, Brunel University, London (*) Answering this question, requires us first to understand the reasons why, in spite of the multitude of inconveniences that émigré scholars face, the UK was, until the announcement of the outcome of the EU referendum, an attractive place […]

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