Readers, thank you once again for reading Letters Blogatory this year! Here is a list of the top ten posts of this year, based on the number of pageviews.
- Case of the Day: PJS v. News Group Newspapers. Can you say prurient? This was the case about an unnamed English celebrity who obtained a super-injunction to prevent publication of a sexual peccadillo. No doubt people were googling for the finer points of the balancing of the right to free expression under Article 10 of the ECHR against the right to privacy under Article 8.
- Reflections on the Election bis. I had a post all ready for November 9 commenting on the election of Hilary Clinton and featuring a Civil War-era picture of an eagle with the motto “the Republic is Saved!” Instead, I published this reflection. As you know, I’ve separated out my political posts from my legal posts, so if you’d like to keep reading my occasional thoughts on politics, check out the new site, Blogatory | Politics.
- The Recast of the Brussels I Regulation: Old and New Features of the European Regime on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Judgments. This 2013 post by Pietro Franzina has been a perennial favorite, and just judging from page views over the years, maybe the most influential piece ever to appear on Letters Blogatory.
- Case of the Day: Chevron v. Donziger. My coverage of the Second Circuit’s decision in the long-running RICO case against Steven Donziger and the Lago Agrio plaintiffs, including a high-level summary of the whole crazy story.
- Brazil and the Apostille Convention. Contributor Larissa Clare Pochmann da Silva on Brazil’s accession to the Convention. Readers, if there is a private international law development in your country that you would like to let folks elsewhere know about, please let me know. I am always looking for guest posters!
- US Court Approves International Service of Process By Facebook. A 2013 post on the PCCare247 case by contributor Chris Neumeyer. Chris’s post is worth reading, but I have to say I wish more people would read my take on the issue, which is much more critical of the practice. Harumph.
- What’s Going On At HLS? This was my post about some unhappy news at Harvard Law School: the antisemitic incident that interrupted a speech on campus by Tzipi Livni, and a list of demands by students occupying the student center that sought among other things to replace a first-year course with “a course that addresses and contextualizes racial justice and inequality in the law, with respect to both historical issues and recent events.”
- Case of the Day: Fraserside IP, LLC v. Youngtek Solutions Ltd. More prurience, I’m afraid. This 2011 post on Article 10(c) of the Hague Service Convention is really unremarkable, except that one of the parties was “one of the world’s leading producers of high quality brand driven adult motion picture films.” Again, no doubt readers were googling for information about alternative methods of service.
- Case of the Day: NYKCool v. Pacific International Services. I’m not sure what it was about this post that brought readers to Letters Blogatory. One of the parties did take out an ad in the New York Times to publicize his views of the service issues in the case, which is unusual to say the least.
- Case of the Day: Nanda v. Nanda. This was a 2012 post about an arbitration gone sidways. I have little idea what made it so popular this year. That’s the nature of Google
I wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2017!