Space Industry Faces Deep Transformations Post-COVID-19
The image of a Falcon rocket topped by the Crew Dragon capsule designed and manufactured by private company SpaceX as part of a NASA mission, has struck world public opinion in May 2020. Like its landing in the Gulf of Mexico a few weeks later, in early August. It illustrates the profound changes that have affected the space industry in recent years. In this article, Professor of international business law Lucien Rapp describes the transformation of the space industry and the strategies developed to enter the space market, as well as the challenges of its privatization for the future of the industry.
Will Contracts Survive the Pandemic?
The covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown have impacted business enormously and in unprecedented ways, forcing corporate leaders to reset their priorities and, in some cases, switch from profitability to survival. As all this happened, legal advisors were urged to provide pragmatic solutions regarding their clients’ existing contracts. HEC Paris Professor of Law Matteo M. Winkler shares some options on which they may want to reflect upon.
The Challenge of Different National Leaderships for Tackling Covid-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we observe starkly divergent approaches being experimented across the European Union. In this interview, Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at HEC Paris, explains this lack of coordination between the governments and its consequences, and shares his insights on what could be improved in this diverse decision-making setting.
Europe’s Democracy Challenge: Citizen Participation in and Beyond Elections
Europe’s democracy is constantly challenged and questioned. In his latest paper published in the German Law Journal (Cambridge University Press) in January 2020, Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at HEC Paris, and engaged academic (Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum) reminds and explains the importance of citizens participation for the survival of the European project. He calls for the creation of a transnational political space through a better public understanding of all the existing participatory channels available to EU citizens, beyond elections. This interview of Professor Alemanno offers a flavour of his study.
Legal Data Mining, Machine Learning and Visualization
Legal Data Mining Conference gathered professionals and academics from the technology, Artificial Intelligence and Law fields to discuss the future of Law. The two-day workshop focused on both the fundamental and practical issues of legal data mining. The event was organized by David Restrepo Amariles (Assistant Professor of Law at HEC Paris) and Ken Satoh (Professor at the National Institute of Informatics of Japan) in March 2019 at the Barreau de Paris.
cascad: A new certifying organization to help double-check scientific results
While scientific findings need to be assessed by peers and journal referees, the confidentiality of original data often makes the process arduous. An accredited organization launched by Christophe Pérignon (HEC Paris) and colleagues with access to the original research data can now ensure reproducibility of results. This not only promises huge gains in time and effort for researchers but will also shore up trust in scientific results.
How US Economic Sanctions are Shaping Global Banks
To date, at least nine international banks have paid enormous sums to the US as a result of violating US economic sanctions, including the French bank BNP Paribas, which was fined nearly $9 billion in 2014. As the US increasingly employs its punitive arsenal to force non-US banks to comply, this has resulted in their Americanization, argue two HEC professors.
The Protection of Whistleblowers: What Does the Law Say in France and in the US
Should whistleblowers be compensated or prosecuted? In their latest research, professors from HEC Paris Nicole Stolowy and Luc Paugam, together with Lawyer Aude Londero, shed light on the different realities faced by whistleblowers depending on jurisdictions, in France and in the United-States.
Restoring Balance in a GAFA World with a New Legal Tool from France
The four giants collectively known as GAFA yield such power that it's easy for them to strike unfair deals with business partners and consumers. But a French commercial court has created a game-changing precedent by holding accountable a US-based online booking platform using the concept of significant imbalance. This has shaped a whole new doctrine which potentially brings more balance to transactions with GAFA. Explanation by David Restrepo Amariles, HEC Paris Professor of Law.