The main focus of this article orbits around the question whether the National Oil Companies (NOCs) are beset by problems when not using the Norwegian Model in governing the hydrocarbon resources? Could the Norwegian model be enforced in other countries? What is the cause-effect relation between the non-implementation of such a separation-of-functions model and the inherent problems that NOCs are faced with. 

In an earlier article, I have argued that there are two main problems with the current standards of identifying and treating hate crimes by legal means in Hungary. The first is the tremendous extent of institutional racism and the lack of professional preparedness of the authorities compared to international standards. The second problem is part of the corresponding section in the Criminal Code, which allows for a problematic interpretation, (Várnagy, 2016) by allowing prosecution and courts to use minority protective measures precisely against these marginalized groups. I have dealt with this problem in the aforementioned article and here I will discuss a recent case of the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter ECtHR or the Court) against Hungary, which concerns procedural issues in detecting and prosecuting hate crimes. The ruling in ECtHR, Balázs v Hungary, 2015 (Application no. 15529/12) was delivered in October 2015 and finalised in March 2016. 

1. Introduction

The importance of security interests in the commercial world need not be understated. As Sir Roy Goode (2009) explains, enterprises live (and sometimes die) by credit. Security interests help reduce this credit risk and protect the priority of the security-holder over other creditors in the event of the debtor’s bankruptcy. 

I will argue that traditional security interests under English law such as the equitable charge, coupled with freedom of contract, are adequately flexible for the needs of the financial market. Nevertheless, I will argue that incorporation of financial collateral arrangements through the Financial Collateral Directive (FCD) 2002/47, allows English law to remain competitive and attractive to financial institutions. This article will first examine the current flexibility of traditional security interests under English law, and then briefly discuss the advantages offered by financial collateral arrangements. 

The beauty of law, as a concept, will always reside in the fact that each legal text or provision is subject to interpretation. The sole purpose of interpretation is to offer the best possible solution to a real situation by applying that certain law/text. However, when interpretation fails to provide such a solution, especially in the area of criminal law, a specific and exclusive meaning has to be provided and enforced identically in every situation. The purpose of the following article is to analyse whether, under the current form of Article 46 of the Romanian Penal Code, joint authorship can be admitted in the case of involuntary crimes, and what are the possible consequences of admitting the existence of this form of criminal participation.

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