International Law Questions & Answers

Q: Where can I find a map of international waters of Asia that is acceptable to the IRS or courts?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
You could contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to inquire if they know who performs the equivalent of their services in Asian countries. The charts I use identify the National Ocean Service Coast Survey as a reference (with additional inputs from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard), and I also use Notices to Mariners, but it depends what application you are looking to use these for. You mention courts and IRS; I use these charts for reference and...

Q: What is public body and where do it come from?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
"Public body" is a term which is applied broadly, but it is often used to identify a division or branch of government.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to marry a Mexican citizen, and for said Mexican citizen to gain legal residency?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Kelli Y Allen's answer
Yes, it is but the timing and specific process vary greatly and depend on a number of factors. I highly suggest having a full consultation with an experienced immigration attorney who can analyze the specific situation and explain the process that would apply to your case.

Q: I have a friend who is in jail in Sparta NC. This is his first time in trouble in over 10 year's.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Kelli Y Allen's answer
The answer depends on numerous factors such as: what he was charged with, whether he has been convicted, whether he has an ICE hold (or has been referred immigration court), and, if so, whether he has any form of relief for which to apply. That would depend on criminal record, how long he has been in the U.S., whether he is married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and many other factors. He (or someone on his behalf) definitely needs to consult with an experienced immigration attorney...

Q: About passport and overstaying

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
So you need a new German passport, right? You will need to contact the German embassy (Botschaft) in Manila. Here is their Facebook page:

I don't know about overstaying in the Philippines, but I doubt it will be an issue for the country you wish to travel to. (I'm guessing it is Germany but it shouldn't matter. Philippines immigration issues don't follow you to another country.)

Viele Glueck!

Q: Wired upfront for logo services from German designer who never performed. Isn't this intl wire fraud or something?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Dale S. Gribow's answer
need more info

police will probably say it is civil.........but if you can show an ongoing course of action to defraud others, then maybe they will assist.

you can always sue in small claims in callf for up to $10k

Q: I've been refused a J1visa twice due to a DUI for ommitting the arrest on the application, how can I be able to use esta

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
You will not be able to travel to the USA with a DUI arrest (even without conviction) within the past 5 years, because you are a public danger. You will need to get clearance from a "panel physician" who is on contract with the US consulate in France. Go to the consulate's website, or go to to look for a US immigration attorney in France, for further guidance. (If you don't find one in France, go to Germany in the listings, there are several I know of who handle this matter.)...

Q: Who makes international laws? Do all countries involved need to agree to a law before it becomes official?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Dec 29, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
International laws are made by agreements and treaties between nations. Nations sometimes choose not to be signatories. It can depend on the context and subject matter. In areas such as aviation or maritime, international laws/protocols are necessary for the uniformity of operations throughout the world.

Tim Akpinar

Q: What can I do when a company based in another country ignores my customer’s help message?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Your customer could contact an officer of the company to verify if the request is reaching the right department. If the company will not respond, and there is a basis for a valid and meaningful claim, your customer could consult with an attorney.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I just learned that I inadvertently committed a federal financial crime. Should I write a letter of explanation to IRS?

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Federal Crimes, Immigration Law and International Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 8, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
You need to speak with an attorney familiar with federal law around international financial transactions.

Q: What is the monety amou t required bond or surety for a city manager

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Constitutional Law, International Law and Native American Law for Oregon on
Answered on Oct 31, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
You could try reposting this question and including Municipal Law under your categories. It might have a better chance of being picked up there.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Hello, I'm a student and we have this homework in Critical Thinking that has international Politics involved.

2 Answers | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Oct 27, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Did your teacher or professor suggest that you get your ideas for your Critical Thinking class from the Internet or by interviewing lawyers? Otherwise, even though your methodology may be creative, it is probably depriving you of the benefits of the assignment, and it is therefore cheating. While cheating is often an element of diplomacy, as compulsive lying seems to be an element of modern, Presidential politics, chesting is not a permitted venue for academic pursuit.

Q: Are there a specific set of laws that are followed throughout the world or do countries just make their own laws without

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Oct 27, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Generally, countries make their own laws. Their laws apply within their borders and they don’t ordinarily worry about their laws not being identical to those of other countries. However, countries may honor the laws of other countries. Countries may also enter into international treaties, where they agree with other countries as to how certain activities will be governed. Additionally, in some areas, such as aviation or maritime, countries can agree to follow certain conventions or protocols...

Q: Can I sue a business partner in India for not releasing my contracts back to me?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for Arizona on
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Of course, but that may not be the question you want to ask. You want to ask “Where May I sue my partner for depriving me of my rights under my contracts with him?” That Answer depends on where the contracts were made; it may depend on where the contracts were intended to be performed; and it likely depends on where you may find assets belonging to you partner to satisfy whatever judgment you might win. Or, your question might be “What can I do to enforce my rights under this contract?”...

Q: I need to know who to contact to figure out why I was stopped at the Canada border and what I need to do to clear it up.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
It sounds like a Canadian issue, not a U.S. issue, and it sounds like you did something bad after you realized that you forgot your passport, and you were permanently excluded by Canadian authorities. You might start with a Canadian immigration lawyer, and they don't hang out at Justia unless they are also US lawyers. Good luck.

Q: Do international companies located outside the USA have to pay Sales tax in colorado for goods purchased.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Unlike VAT, sales tax is paid by the vendor at point of sale. So, if the purchase was in Colorado, the vendor must report and pay sales tax on the sale unless there is an exemption under state law. Such exemptions often exist for non-profit charitable entities with § 501(c) status, but the exemptions are controlled by Colorado state law. You should consult a lawyer in Colorado for details.

Q: How Can I get a REFUND

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Education Law and International Law on
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
You could consult with an attorney who is able to examine the legal issues you mention in greater detail. At the very least, you could learn the deadlines and statutes of limitations within which you would need to act to preserve your legal rights. An attorney might be able to help you identify legal theories related to being misled, as you describe your situation, such as whether there were misrepresentations made to you. There could possibly be other legal theories as well.

Q: My ex owes 12 years of cs.he lives in the us..We live in germany. He has signed all the papers when she was born.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and International Law on
Answered on Sep 16, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
You need to consult a family lawyer in the jurisdiction where the child lives, in this case Germany. I don't believe German lawyers participate in Justia. Once the court in the jurisdiction where the child resides takes jurisdiction, the judgment entered there can be enforced in any state of the United States.

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