Category: Law

International Law’s Tinkerbell moment: Part 2, The ones who had hissed

14 July, 2014 (09:53) | Argentina, Bonds, Cramdown, Finance, International law, Law, Markets, Politics, Recapitalization, Securities, Speculation, World Cup | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Do you believe in bondholder rights? “If you believe,” Peter shouted to the voices, “clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.” Many clapped. Peter Pan, Chapter 13, Do you believe in fairies? As we saw in yesterday’s post, like Tinkerbell international law must be believed in […]

International Law’s Tinkerbell Moment: Part 1, What do you think?

11 July, 2014 (10:00) | Argentina, Bonds, Cramdown, Finance, International law, Law, Markets, Politics, Recapitalization, Securities, Speculation, World Cup | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith Do you believe in international law? Tinkerbell’s voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. Peter Pan, Chapter 13, Do you believe in fairies? Though ‘international law’ does not exist (it presupposes a lawgiver with dominion over all), international […]

Rent control: ownership’s upside with none of its downside

30 May, 2014 (12:55) | Apartments, Homeownership, Housing, Law, Markets, New York City, Rent control, Speculation, Tenure, US News | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith Consider home ownership’s many benefits, which include:   1. Security of tenure. You cannot be evicted as long as you make the basic payments. 2. Controllable occupancy cost. Your cost of living there does not go up unexpectedly or unaffordably. 3. A widening bargain element in your occupancy cost, as the years […]

Eviction, the family disaster: Part 5, The poor are we

16 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Eviction, Homelessness, Landlords, Law, Marriage, Milwaukee, Policy, Rental, Sociology, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith As demonstrated in the preceding four parts of this post, based on a worthwhile Harvard Magazine (January, 2014) piece focusing on Harvard and Wisconsin sociologist Matthew Desmond, eviction often explodes individual households the way hurricane or earthquakes […]

Eviction, the family disaster: Part 4, More legal rights then they use

15 May, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, Delinquency, Eviction, Homelessness, Housing, Landlords, Law, Marriage, Milwaukee, Policy, Rental, Sociology, US News, Vouchers |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith Just-completed Part 3 of this post on eviction, based on a Harvard Magazine (January, 2014) article following the work of sociologist Matthew Desmond, demonstrated that eviction acts on an individual household the same way an earthquake or hurricane acts […]