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Studying and Exam Taking / Help me out
« on: February 13, 2007, 01:06:30 AM »
Here are a few International law problems. 
They are Sample questions of UN National Competitive Recruitment Examination, as publicized on:  http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/examin/exam.htm 
I am going to take the test 3 weeks later. Though I have a LLB, I am nervous about possible performance in the test since English is not my mother tongue and I have never learnt law in English. I am not sure what kind of answer would be generally satisfactory in this case. Could anyone kindly provide me with some sample answers?  Thank you. :-)




QUESTION I
FITZAL is a multinational company of the industrialized State of Kisumu which has, since 1965, owned and operated a chemical plant for manufacturing pesticides in the developing State of Homa.
On 15 February 1975, Homa experienced another mild earthquake which, as in four similar cases occurring between 1945 and 1975, affected more seriously the area along River Kuja. The chemical plant was built in 1964 along this river which passes through the territory of Homa and two lower riparian States of Rongo and Ahero. Because of the February earthquake, the chemical plant suffered a serious damage which resulted in the sudden and excessive release of pesticides and other chemicals into River Kuja. The nature of the pollution damage caused was such that Homa alone could not cope. Three days later the pollution from the FITZAL plant was threatening to cause similar damage in the two lower riparian States which had no knowledge of the accident in Homa. Their efforts to control and abate the pollution damage threatening them downstream were too late. The information they finally received from the local press reporting on the events in the FITZAL plant did not contain enough necessary details concerning the nature of the chemicals involved. Their efforts to get accurate information from the government of Homa were frustrated because they kept on receiving conflicting views from various government departments in Homa. One of the facts which they were able to gather was that the chemical plant was indeed built on an earthquake fault line along the river, which made it susceptible to the kind of damage it finally suffered in 1975.
Prompted by these events, Homa has now called a meeting in its capital city of Rupedhi with the two lower riparian States to negotiate a treaty for cooperation in the management and utilization of the Kuja river on which they all rely for fresh water and fish.
You have been hired as a consultant to help these States to negotiate and conclude such a treaty.
1.   Outline some of the basic provisions which such a treaty should include in order to address certain specific problems brought out in the above event.
2.   Outline briefly, the basic arguments which Rongo and Ahero may rely upon if they decide to bring a case against Homa in an international tribunal to which they have all conferred jurisdiction for such cases.

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General Board / Help me out
« on: February 13, 2007, 12:56:17 AM »
Here are a few International law problems.  
They are Sample questions of UN National Competitive Recruitment Examination, as publicized on:  http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/examin/exam.htm  
I am going to take the test 3 weeks later. Though I have a LLB, I am nervous about possible performance in the test since English is not my mother tongue and I have never learnt law in English. I am not sure what kind of answer would be generally satisfactory in this case. Could anyone kindly provide me with some sample answers of any of the questions?  Thank you. :-)

QUESTION I
FITZAL is a multinational company of the industrialized State of Kisumu which has, since 1965, owned and operated a chemical plant for manufacturing pesticides in the developing State of Homa.
On 15 February 1975, Homa experienced another mild earthquake which, as in four similar cases occurring between 1945 and 1975, affected more seriously the area along River Kuja. The chemical plant was built in 1964 along this river which passes through the territory of Homa and two lower riparian States of Rongo and Ahero. Because of the February earthquake, the chemical plant suffered a serious damage which resulted in the sudden and excessive release of pesticides and other chemicals into River Kuja. The nature of the pollution damage caused was such that Homa alone could not cope. Three days later the pollution from the FITZAL plant was threatening to cause similar damage in the two lower riparian States which had no knowledge of the accident in Homa. Their efforts to control and abate the pollution damage threatening them downstream were too late. The information they finally received from the local press reporting on the events in the FITZAL plant did not contain enough necessary details concerning the nature of the chemicals involved. Their efforts to get accurate information from the government of Homa were frustrated because they kept on receiving conflicting views from various government departments in Homa. One of the facts which they were able to gather was that the chemical plant was indeed built on an earthquake fault line along the river, which made it susceptible to the kind of damage it finally suffered in 1975.
Prompted by these events, Homa has now called a meeting in its capital city of Rupedhi with the two lower riparian States to negotiate a treaty for cooperation in the management and utilization of the Kuja river on which they all rely for fresh water and fish.
You have been hired as a consultant to help these States to negotiate and conclude such a treaty.
1.   Outline some of the basic provisions which such a treaty should include in order to address certain specific problems brought out in the above event.
2.   Outline briefly, the basic arguments which Rongo and Ahero may rely upon if they decide to bring a case against Homa in an international tribunal to which they have all conferred jurisdiction for such cases.

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I sent my apps via LSDAS on 4th. Some schools, like Boston and GW, responded quickly, but so far there is no indication that Michigan and UCLA have requested my report. Is it a general pattern or just me?  I guess they would at least request my report and then to make a decision.  Unfortunately I mentioned my LSAC scores (160&168) in my PS, and I know they r not advantageous, so does it mean I'm already out of the game?

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Law School Applications / Certification Letter & Electronic Signature
« on: January 01, 2007, 09:11:47 AM »

Duke:
If applying electronically, you must submit your signature electronically or mail the Certification Letter to our Office.
Berkeley:
You may elect to pay for and submit this application electronically, rather than printing and mailing it, or you may print and sign the Certification Letter, instead of the application, and send the letter along with the fee directly to the law school.

How to do an electronic signature?
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Certification Letter = Print, Sign and mail the application form directly to the law school?

The questions look silly, but I’ve never don electronic signature before and English is not my mother tongue.  Thank you for the answer.  Hope I can get the apps in before 3rd.  Whew.

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Law School Applications / LSDAS app problem
« on: December 26, 2006, 09:31:12 PM »
For the schools that have recommendation forms in LSDA electronic apps  indicating “Please type or print. This form will not be transmitted electronically”, do I have to ask my recommenders to send LOR directly to the admission committees or they will be satisfied with the letters send by LSDAS, and deem my file to be complete without the printed Recommendation form.

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Can I choose if recommendations are to be sent along vs apps or not, and which letters to be sent, or they would be sent to the schools I apply vs LSDAS automatically? I have not yet finished filling the app forms, so I'm not sure if I have any choice concerning recommendation letters in fallowing steps. Thank you, in advance, for the answer.

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