HT to Pietro Franzina for a pointer to the case of the day, Negrepontis-Giannisis v. Greece (ECHR 2011). Nikolaos Negrepontis-Giannisis was born in Athens in 1964. He had always been close with his uncle, who was born Mikhail Negrepontis, but who was renamed Timotheos when he was ordained in the Greek Orthodox church. At age 17, Nikolaos came to Michigan to study, and while here he lived with his uncle, who at the time was Bishop of Detroit (known in America as Bishop Timothy). At age 20, Nikolaos was adopted by Timotheos. According to the opinion, Timotheos signed the court documents “in his capacity as bishop”—Son oncle signa cette déclaration en sa qualité d’évêque. I am not sure what this means. The bishop’s aim,…

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