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Sealand, Havenco, And The Rule Of Law, James Grimmelmann Jan 2012

Sealand, Havenco, And The Rule Of Law, James Grimmelmann

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In 2000, a group of American entrepreneurs moved to a former World War II anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea, seven miles off the British coast, and launched HavenCo, one of the strangest start-ups in Internet history. A former pirate radio broadcaster, Roy Bates, had occupied the platform in the 1960s, moved his family aboard, and declared it to be the sovereign Principality of Sealand. HavenCo's founders were opposed to governmental censorship and control of the Internet; by putting computer servers on Sealand, they planned to create a "data haven" for unpopular speech, safely beyond the reach of any ...


British 1812 Wartime Policy On The High Seas And Maryland Maritime Insurance: Carrere V. Union Insurance Co. Of Md. (1813), Thomas R. Riley Jan 2012

British 1812 Wartime Policy On The High Seas And Maryland Maritime Insurance: Carrere V. Union Insurance Co. Of Md. (1813), Thomas R. Riley

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Places Carrere v. Union Insurance Co. of Md (1813) into its historical setting considering the role of maritime insurance and British wartime policy on the high seas.


Marine Insurance And Mercantile Enterprise Through The Lens Of The Baltimore Insurance Company V. Mcfadon 4 H.& J. 31 (1815), Catherine Gonzalez Jan 2012

Marine Insurance And Mercantile Enterprise Through The Lens Of The Baltimore Insurance Company V. Mcfadon 4 H.& J. 31 (1815), Catherine Gonzalez

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This essay contextualizes the case of The Baltimore Insurance Company v. McFadon, tracing the dispute from its origin to its disposition in the Maryland Court of Appeals in 1815. The case, which centered on whether mutual claims could be set-off against each other in a suit involving an open insurance policy, is illuminating as to the evolution of marine insurance, trade between Baltimore and the West Indies in the late eighteenth century, and the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on American mercantile enterprise. By examining the case through the lens of this historical study, it becomes apparent that the result ...


Barney V. Smith (Md 1819) Congressman Versus The Commodore, Angelisa Hicks Jan 2012

Barney V. Smith (Md 1819) Congressman Versus The Commodore, Angelisa Hicks

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A historical outlook on the events surrounding the Barney v. Smith Case. The Article discusses the impact of the French and British conflict on United States trade, as well as some of the measures taken by the United States in order to insulate themselves from the adverse fiscal impacts on the economy due to this conflict. Also discussed are the key individuals involved in the case and their intertwining relationships. There is a comprehensive breakdown on the attorney’s arguments and subsequent judicial holding.


Baptiste V. De Volunbrun 5 H. & J. 86 (Md 1820): The Events Surrounding An Early Nineteenth-Century Freedom Petition Before The Maryland Court Of Appeals, Kurt Ellerbe Jan 2012

Baptiste V. De Volunbrun 5 H. & J. 86 (Md 1820): The Events Surrounding An Early Nineteenth-Century Freedom Petition Before The Maryland Court Of Appeals, Kurt Ellerbe

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BAPTISTE V. DE VOLUNBRUN 5 H. & J. 86 (Md. 1820): In Jean Baptiste’s 1820 freedom petition we have not only a slavery case typical of the region and period, but also a compelling and informative narrative from the beginning of the end of North America’s nearly two hundred and fifty year era of slavery. This epic has its roots in the some of the earliest African arrivals to the new world and was significantly influenced by the major trends in philosophy that immediately preceded its commencement, as well as a concurrent and burgeoning American abolitionist movement. It features ...


Kennedy V. The Baltimore Insurance Company, 3 H. & J. 367 (1813): The Story Of One Baltimore Merchant Among Many Fighting An Insurance Company In Times Of War, Jon F. Watson Jan 2012

Kennedy V. The Baltimore Insurance Company, 3 H. & J. 367 (1813): The Story Of One Baltimore Merchant Among Many Fighting An Insurance Company In Times Of War, Jon F. Watson

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The Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800’s resulted in many Baltimore merchants obtaining insurance for their vessels and cargo. During this period of unrest, Lemuel Taylor and John F. Kennedy insured a Baltimore vessel which was subsequently captured by the British. This paper contextualizes the case of Kennedy v. The Baltimore Insurance Company within this period and illustrates the struggles faced by many merchants who sought to be reimbursed for their losses. I also tried to focus on the historical backgrounds of the key players to the case, especially Lemuel Taylor and John F. Kennedy. All together, the case ...


Fulton V. Lewis: The Case Of An Immigrant Slave's Petition For Freedom During The War Of 1812, Silvio Morales Jan 2012

Fulton V. Lewis: The Case Of An Immigrant Slave's Petition For Freedom During The War Of 1812, Silvio Morales

Student Articles and Papers

In 1815 the Maryland Court of Appeals did something that by the early 1800’s had become uncommon. The court granted a slave his freedom in the case of Fulton v. Lewis, 3H. & J. 564 (1815) The slave was John Lewis, a native of the island of Saint Domingo, present-day Haiti, who was imported into Maryland after the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law prohibiting the importation of slaves into Maryland.

To understand why Lewis was granted his freedom this essay explores the case by placing it in its historical context, and by reviewing certain Maryland laws regarding slavery prior ...


Stewart V. Mcintosh, 4 H. & J. 233 (1816), Rhett Donnelly Jan 2012

Stewart V. Mcintosh, 4 H. & J. 233 (1816), Rhett Donnelly

Student Articles and Papers

Stewart v. M’Intosh was argued during the time period of the Jay Treaty, the Quasi-War, the Haitian Revolution, and the War of 1812. The facts begin at the end of the 18th century and extend into the early 19th century. The arguments and ruling were based on trade restrictions between United States citizens and territories under French control. The plaintiffs focused their arguments on the specific language of the Congressional acts, which outlawed trade with French territories but did not directly mention the regions at issue, while the defendants looked at the implications of the acts and ...


A Monetary Misunderstanding: Smith V. Gilmore And Baltimore's Place In Turn Of The 19th Century Globalization, John P. Gates Jan 2012

A Monetary Misunderstanding: Smith V. Gilmore And Baltimore's Place In Turn Of The 19th Century Globalization, John P. Gates

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As the young United States entered the 19th century, the City of Baltimore had become a major center of America’s international commerce. Baltimore had quickly risen from a relatively small town on the Chesapeake Bay to the home of the country's third busiest trading port and one of its fastest growing cities in less than two decades.

The case of Smith v. Gilmor (M.D. 1816), a lawsuit between two prominent Baltimore merchants, was emblematic of the early days of globalization and the confusion this clash of cultures caused in the world of international trade. The controversy ...