International Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can I apply for my son's n-600 application if he has an expired B1 Visa?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, International Law and Juvenile Law for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 14, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
Maybe. More information is needed. Acquisition of citizenship for a child born abroad is tricky, especially in the case of a USC father and an illegitimate birth. You would do well to consult with an immigration attorney who can advise you based on all the details of the case.

Q: My mother in law married a man from paris but got married in the united states what are her rights in paris?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 1, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
First, the question needs to be asked by the prospective client needing the representation. Second, it needs to be asked of a French advocat rather than a US lawyer, and Justia is only visited by American lawyers. Third, this presents no International Law questions, but is best presented to a French advocat handling Family Law.

Q: Is it a violation of international law for one parent to take a child out of the country without the other's consent?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Jul 27, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Ref your query. If a child carried valid travel document, the accompanying parent repeat parent can take along that child wherever s/he travel, hence, no violation of international law. In case where the domestic court restrict a child to keep within their jurisdiction and is taken away by one parent out of that jurisdiction without their permission, the remedy lies with that court.

Q: I am international student. I paid money to roommates before i came back to my country, but they did not pay ityet

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
This isn’t a question. Perhaps you need to schedule a consult with a lawyer to help formulate a question.

Q: If I was injured in a Mexican hotel owned by a Spanish company, what type of law firm should I seek?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and International Law for New York on
Answered on Jul 24, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Unless the Mexican hotel or some other potential defendant, depending on the cause of the injury, has assets in the U.S., the type of law firm you need is a Mexican one. It is possible in many cases to get jurisdiction for actions that occurred in the U.S., in which case, you might consult an experienced PI lawyer.

Q: How do I go about hiring a lawyer about a case in France? Or maybe get some advice on what to do next

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and International Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Many lawyers practicing International Trade law have contacts around the world and can research for qualified lawyers in foreign countries. Also, the U.S. Embassy in many countries maintains a list of local attorneys, though the reference may not constitute a referral. As far as I know, there is no covering French advocates.

Q: A friend got hit by a car from an embassy - do they have immunity or can I sue them?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Jul 6, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
I’m away from my desk as I read this, so I can’t give you citations, but the U.S. required all diplomats to obtain auto insurance after some fairly nasty accidents in D.C. in the late Eighties or early 90’s. Before then, most embassies carried insurance anyway, but it is now required. Sovereign immunity still applies above the insured coverage, and there are a few tiny “gotcha” wrinkles, so this is not best pursued pro se. Get a lawyer who knows both litigation and has dealt with...

Q: Hello I have a negative balance due to a margin call with an offshore stockbroker, am I liable for the negative balance?

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, International Law and Securities Law on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Camille Brooks Ibrahim's answer
Depending on the specific account guidelines and contractually binding terms will determine if a breach of contract is pursuable. If it was not contractually then you should be ok

Q: I'm Canadian and I'm thinking of filing a law suit against someone outside of Canada, can I do that without a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Jun 29, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
You need to address that question to a practicing lawyer licensed in Hong Kong, and they don't hang out at Justia.

Q: Is this an international patent or just for the UK and US?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, International Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) on
Answered on Jun 22, 2018
Peter D. Mlynek's answer
No, it is not an international patent. This is because there is no such thing as an "international patent". There is an international patent *application*, which starts with the letters "PCT/" or "WO".

You should be able to readily ascertain if a patent publication is a patent or not, because the front page usually tells you that it is a patent, and it also tells you the name of the jurisdiction.

Q: What's the first step to starting an import company?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
There are many steps, and the sequence of the steps differs depending on the product, the market, the suppliers, any licenses needed, and many other factors. Indeed, once might say that the first step is getting the basic business knowledge on learning the steps by getting an MBA and/or a legal education, but many quite successful importers have neither. I'd suggests buying an hour of time from a lawyer who knows a little about international trade and corporate formation and discussing your...

Q: Do district courts still have original jurisdiction over acts of piracy committed on international waters?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, International Law and Criminal Law for New York on
Answered on Jun 14, 2018
Aubrey Claudius Galloway's answer
Probably not, unless said courts are in the same physical jurisdiction where the ship that was victimized is registered. The court of original jurisdiction is where the (non-pirate) ship is registered. For example, many cruse lines register native to the Bahamas; if one of those vessels were attacked by pirates, the Bahamas is where legal action could be entertained.

Hope that helps,

Aubrey C. Galloway III, Esq.

(914) 912-1555

Q: What are the steps to solving international issues both judicial and non-judicial?

3 Answers | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
What an open-ended, seemingly civics question. I’ll try. How about international diplomacy.

Q: If I forward money from a Singapore entity to a US Client, would the Singapore entity need any licenses?

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, International Law and Securities Law on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
From whom? For what? It is not illegal and no licenses are required by US law to transfer money to a US entity or person, but there may be issues in Singapore or issues involving other aspects of the transaction. If I’m doubt, run the transaction past a lawyer in a consult. Often, consults can be purchased as independent services.

Q: Need advice/recommendation. Father died. Family resides in Europe. I am a US resident. Where to start?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and International Law on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
You need to contact a lawyer in the country or jurisdiction where your father resided at the time he died. If your father owned property in the US, you may also need a US lawyer in the jurisdiction where the property lies. But, you start by returning to your father's funeral, and, after being with the family, you might find out what your mother or your siblings have already done.

Unfortunately, I know of no equivalent to Justia or Avvo for European lawyers. Many US-based International...

Q: Is there an international custody form I can fill out for someone to take custody of my dog in the case of an emergency?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, International Law and Immigration Law on
Answered on Jun 4, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Your love for your canine may be such that you don't want to hear any of this, but, as a dog-lover myself and a lawyer, I think it is good news. In the U.S., a dog is property. Immigration law, adoption law, and custody law have nothing to do with the issues. The only problems I would foresee in an unauthorized person taking your dog are: 1) a claim of theft, which, for most dogs would be a misdemeanor; and 2) public safety issues about bringing a live animal across national boundaries. To...


1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Jun 1, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
The ICC has no jurisdiction in New Mexico. The United States withdrew its signatory status to the Rome Treaty. Even if it had jurisdiction, the ICC would not address issues involving your arrest or incarceration unless you are a war criminal or the UN has delegated the case to the ICC, usually after genocide. You need a New Mexico lawyer.

Reading an answer on the Internet does not create an attorney-client relationship. You are represented by me when we have both signed a retainer...

Q: 1. can the PCA rely on procedural rules at the expense of substantive laws?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and International Law on
Answered on May 30, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
I cannot determine what country, state, county, or other jurisdiction is the source of this question, but you need to review the case file with a lawyer familiar with the facts and law there. Any response you get here is flat-out incompetent.

BTW, Justia is primarily visited by US attorneys, and I'm pretty sure that there is no Permanent Court of Arbitration in any of our 56 state jurisdictions.

Q: How long can I use my International Driver's license/permit to drive legally in the US now that I'm a resident of NJ?

4 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Traffic Tickets and International Law for New Jersey on
Answered on May 29, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
It depends, In general you can only use your international license for 60 days, but many of those are not legal either to use as the ones sold over the internet are fakes.

Q: Can I post photos of celebrities, musicians, etc. on my own personal website if I'm deriving profit from the website?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Internet Law for New Hampshire on
Answered on May 24, 2018
John Espinosa's answer
If you are using it to make money it is not a personal use but a commercial one. Don't use the photos without getting permission from the copyright holder.

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