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  Right or Wrong?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz deals with interesting aspects of human rights in different areas of the world.
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jan 02 13
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  Sumptuary Laws   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sumptuary laws have been made since societies first sprang up. These are laws designed to control the consumption of certain commodities, but also to emphasise and reinforce class, religious and moral differences. Here are ten of these laws.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Dec 01 15
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  Five Ways To Break The Law    
Multiple Choice
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Five ways to break the law in various countries around the world, plus another five specific to America.
Tough, 10 Qns, Christinap, Jun 14 21
Jun 14 21
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  International Law    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz deals with some regulations that apply between countries and international organizations.
Tough, 10 Qns, vishvakarman, Jun 10 22
Jun 10 22
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  Law of Evidence (India)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the laws of evidence which determine what sort of proof maybe produced in Court to prove guilt or liability. This quiz is based more on English and Indian law, both of which are more or less the same, unless otherwise stated.
Average, 10 Qns, almaster, Dec 27 16
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  International Child Abduction Law   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty to provide a relatively simple and expeditious way to provide for the return of children removed by a parent from their country of "habitual residence".
Difficult, 10 Qns, HurricaneBill, Aug 22 14
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  Courts of Law    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Where on earth are the following courts of law?
Difficult, 10 Qns, jvannouhuys, Oct 17 08
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  History of International Law    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on significant events in the development of international law, from the Queen of Sheba to Sputnik.
Difficult, 15 Qns, tkane82, May 17 10
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trivia question Quick Question
In the 1700s in Scotland, a ruling issued by King George II of Great Britain, made what article of clothing illegal for the Scots to wear?

From Quiz "Sumptuary Laws"

International Law Trivia Questions

1. One of the most multi-layered laws of all was found in Ancient Greece. It combined female behaviour codes, alcohol, and class reinforcement all in one. What was it?

From Quiz
Sumptuary Laws

Answer: Women could not go out with more than one maid unless drunk

This law reinforced the societal standards of the time that free women were expected to act with decorum, discreetness and modesty at all times. To a degree though, this law also reinforced the differences in class, because it applied to free middle class women only, those who comprised the majority of the "middle class" between the rich and the poor. Those very rich, those in bondage, and the very poor didn't appear to rate a mention. Free women were also not allowed out in the city at night and were banned from wearing gold jewellery or richly embroidered clothing. That, the law stated, marked them as prostitutes.

2. In Turkey it is illegal for a man aged 80 or over to take up what profession?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: Pilot

There is a degree of sense to this law, you can see that an 80 year old might no longer have the reflexes or eyesight needed to pilot a plane. However, why 80, why not 70, or even 60. Most countries make commercial airline pilots retire at 60 or 65, thinking it is too hazardous for them to fly a plane full of hundreds of passengers after that. Most however do not have an upper age for holders of a private pilot's licence or an upper age limit to start private flying lessons.

3. In 622 in Arabia, the Constitution of Medina established freedom of worship for non-Muslims in exchange for what?

From Quiz Right or Wrong?

Answer: Extra taxes

The Constitution of Medina was written by Muhammad himself. In exchange for paying extra taxes it guaranteed freedom of worship and rights to Jews, Christians and even various pagan religions which existed at that time. Among the sixty-three rulings included in this early form of constitution, this remarkable document also dealt with the security and rights of women, set in place steps to stabilise the various tribal factions, and granted protection and rights to individuals.

4. On August 8, 2008, Seychelles entered the The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction into force. It was the ____ country to have adopted or otherwise recognized the Convention.

From Quiz International Child Abduction Law

Answer: 81st

A country may be defined as a "contracting state" if it was a signatory state or has ratified, entered into force or acceded to the Convention. The four original "signatory" states did so on October 25, 1980 and they are Canada, France, Greece and Switzerland.

5. What is the Chicago convention of 1944 concerned with?

From Quiz International Law

Answer: Civil Aviation

The Chicago convention established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a special organization of the UN. It has been agreed, for example, that every plane, similar to every ship, needs to be registered in its country of origin.

6. One of the first examples of a diplomatic mission is found in the Bible. Which Israelite king was visited by the Queen of Sheba?

From Quiz History of International Law

Answer: King Solomon

The story of the arrival of the Queen of Sheba can be found in the 1st Book of Kings, Chapter 10. Ancient accounts describing the protocols for diplomacy were also produced by the ancient Greeks, Indians and Chinese.

7. Where is the International Court of Justice?

From Quiz Courts of Law

Answer: The Hague

The seat of the court is at The Hague, Netherlands, but it may hold sessions elsewhere whenever it considers it desirable. Its first session was held at The Hague in April and May 1946. All members of the United Nations are ipso facto parties to the statute of the International Court of Justice, and non-members may also become parties to the statute on conditions to be determined in each case by the UN General Assembly upon recommendation of the Security Council.

8. In France a couple faced prosecution for giving their child which name?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: Daemon

The French parents decided to name their child Daemon after a character in "The Vampire Diaries". However the French Civil Code states that parents can be prosecuted if they name their child something that is considered "contrary to the interests of the child". In 2000 a family were prevented calling their child Megan Renaude because the Family Court decided it was too reminiscent of the Renault Megane car. Whilst some may feel that state interference in naming a child may be verging on draconian it does at least mean that children in France grow up free of names such as Fairydust Trixibell, or Opium Poppy Dream. Whether naming your child after an entire cup-winning football team, as has happened in the UK, would be viewed as contrary to the interests of the child is not known.

9. The Hague Convention only applies to "children" under what age?

From Quiz International Child Abduction Law

Answer: 16

The language of the Convention gives no reason why this particular age was chosen for the definition of a "child".

10. The origins of modern public international law can be traced directly from the work of Roman Jurisconsults in the 2nd Century AD. Whose work was particularly influencial in providing an early distinction between civil and international law?

From Quiz History of International Law

Answer: Gaius

It was Gaius, the Aristotelean scholar who in the "Institute of Gaius" provided this early distinction. His work was later used and reinforced by Justinian in the creation of his famous Code.

11. In Samoa it is a crime for men to do what?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: Forget their wife's birthday

Well, as all married men know forgetting your wife's birthday is a crime anywhere in the world, whether or not the law says so. Forgetting your wedding anniversary is as well, in fact all the answers are a crime in the eyes of your wife. In Samoa, however, it is actually illegal to forget your wife's birthday, although presumably no-one actually knows unless she is so cross with you that she reports it to the police. However, just saying "Happy Birthday" is enough; that proves you didn't forget. Samoan men do not have to actually give their wife a present, or take her out for dinner. Some laws just don't go far enough.

12. The 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was the major document associated with which great European revolution?

From Quiz Right or Wrong?

Answer: French

This declaration in its basic form declared that the rights of all men were universal, and applicable at all times and in all places. It was adopted by the French National Assembly during that country's great revolution (1789-1799) when its entire way of life changed forever. It was based on the ideals which were given birth during the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Declaration of the Rights of Man in its turn eventually led to the birth of the French constitution and modern France.

13. The main reason for the Convention is to prevent a parent from taking a child out of a country and into another country in order to accomplish what?

From Quiz International Child Abduction Law

Answer: Find a more sympathetic court.

A typical case may be one in which a family court in Mexico grants custody of a child to a spouse and the other spouse takes the child to the U.S. in order to get a favorable custody order there.

14. How far does the 'exclusive economic zone' of a country extend into the sea?

From Quiz International Law

Answer: 200 nautical miles

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, 1982) states that countries shall have the 'sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds' (Art. 56) in a breadth of 200 nautical miles from the coast baseline (i.e. 12 nautical miles from the coast).

15. What name did the Romans give to their concept of international law?

From Quiz History of International Law

Answer: Ius gentium

"Ius gentium" is generally translated as "the law of nations" and prescribed how citizens who lived in the empire should be treated. The "ius civile" or municipal law applied in the state of Rome itself. The "lex talionis" is the law of punishment and retribution, and "dominium" is the concept of ownership.

16. Where is the European Court of Human Rights?

From Quiz Courts of Law

Answer: Strasbourg

It's in France. On November 4, 1950, the Council of Europe agreed to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the substantive provisions of which are based on a draft of what is now the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Together with its five additional protocols, this convention, which entered into force on September 3, 1953, represents the most advanced and successful international experiment in the field. The instrumentalities created under the European convention are the European Commission of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. The convention also makes use of the governmental organ of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers.

17. In the year 1005 in Egypt, Jews were ordered to wear which musical ornaments dangling from their belts?

From Quiz Sumptuary Laws

Answer: Bells

This law was brought into being during the Fatimid caliphate in Egypt. This was an Islamic Shiite rule that covered a large area in North Africa, with its main centre at Cairo. It lasted from 909 until 1171 when the country was invaded by the mighty Saladin. During the rule of the Fatimid caliphate, Jews and other non-Muslims had to wear medallions around their necks, special shoes, armbands, patches and other identifying marks, including the addition of conical hats and bells on belts for the Jews, to identify them as being non-Muslim.

18. In Denmark, if the sea freezes sufficiently to allow a visitor from Sweden to walk across to Denmark, what is any Dane allowed to do to him?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: Hit him with a stick

Any Dane who sees anyone from Sweden arrive in the country by walking across the frozen sea can hit him with a stick. Although they are friends now, Denmark and Sweden were, at one time, at war with each other, and this law dates back to then. Although Denmark and Norway have also fought each other at various times, the law does not mention Norwegians, so if a Norwegian walks across the frozen sea to Sweden he will presumably be greeted cordially. The Oresund Bridge now connects Denmark and Sweden, so there is no actual need for anyone to risk walking across a frozen sea in either direction.

19. What is the difference between natural rights and legal rights?

From Quiz Right or Wrong?

Answer: Natural rights are not man-made

Natural rights are universal and apply to everyone on the face of the planet, but more particularly, they are not based on legal direction. They are the pure, moral and inalienable rights of everyone. The right to life is an example of a natural right. Unfortunately however, in many countries of the world, natural rights are still very much abused by those in power. One day perhaps that will all change. Legal rights are created by man and based on a society's laws, values and customs. Aren't you glad you're not a lawyer, politician or philosopher trying to work out all the fine distinctions between those two categories of rights?

20. How does the Convention define the "habitual residence" of the child?

From Quiz International Child Abduction Law

Answer: It doesn't.

"Habitual residence" is not precisely defined by the Convention. It is generally considered by the surrounding facts to be the country of the child's normal and usual place of residence. As there is no precise definition, American lawyers have to look to case law for this. The definition may be found at page 1073 of Mozes v. Mozes, 239 F.3d 1067 (US 9th Cir. 2001).

21. The fall of the Roman Empire was a serious blow to the development of international law until the late 11th Century. What event sparked its resurgence?

From Quiz History of International Law

Answer: The discovery of a complete copy of Justinian's Code in Pisa

The discovery of Justinian's comprehensive text led to the establishment of a highly influential School of Law in Bologna.

22. Where is the Court of Justice of the European Union?

From Quiz Courts of Law

Answer: Luxembourg

In Luxembuurg. The EEC (the forerunner of the European Union) was established in the wake of World War II to develop the economies of the member states into one large common market, and to try to develop a political union of the states of western Europe capable of alleviating their fears of war with each other. Plans for a common market in western Europe had been discussed in 1955 at a meeting in Messina, Sicily; the treaty was finally signed in March 1957, and the EEC came into operation on Jan. 1, 1958. The four primary structural organs of the EEC were the Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Court of Justice (NOT to be confused with the European Court of Human Rights) and the European Parliament.

23. In Switzerland it is illegal to do what on a Sunday?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: Mow your lawn

It is illegal to mow your lawn on a Sunday in Switzerland in case you cause too much disturbance to your neighbours. It is also illegal to wash your car or hang out washing on a Sunday for the same reasons. The Swiss are very keen on not offending their neighbours. If you live in an apartment block, semi-detached property or any form of shared property it is illegal to flush your toilet after 10pm at night.

24. What does the 'most-favored nation' principle of GATT (Art. 1) mean?

From Quiz International Law

Answer: signatory parties have to extend equal trading privileges to all other signatories

It means that if you extend special treatment to one country, you have to extend it to all other countries too. WTO/GATT had 149 members in early 2006.

25. Where is the Inter-American Court of Human Rights?

From Quiz Courts of Law

Answer: San Jose, Costa Rica

In 1948, concurrent with its establishment of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Ninth Pan-American Conference adopted the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, an instrument similar to, but coming a full seven months before, the Universal Declaration of the United Nations and setting out the duties as well as the rights of the individual citizen (a throwback, perhaps, to Greco-Roman and medieval natural law theories). Subsequently, in 1959, a meeting of consultation of the American Ministers for Foreign Affairs created, within the framework of the OAS, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which has since undertaken important investigative activities concerning human rights in the Americas. Finally, in 1969, the Inter-American Specialized Conference on Human Rights, meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, adopted the American Convention on Human Rights, which made the existing Inter-American Commission on Human Rights an organ for the convention's implementation and established the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which sits in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

26. In medieval Europe, sumptuary laws and restrictions abounded regarding dress of all kinds, most of which were aimed at women and the middle classes. In Italy, for example, what fashion was prohibited for women?

From Quiz Sumptuary Laws

Answer: Low necklines

Low necklines, you see, required lace trimming and fancy jewels to set off the uncovered flesh to the best advantage. Most of these laws aimed expressly at women were expressed in religious or moral terms, but one is inclined to think that religion and morals had little to do with it, and that the laws were financially based instead. Precious metals, jewels, furs and expensive materials all had strict guidelines that the ladies, usually the consumers of such products were expected to follow. Excessive purchase of these products (many of which were made in other countries and distant lands) by a class of people very large in number, saw too much of a nation's capital reserves flowing out of the country.

27. In Missouri it is illegal to drive with what in your car?

From Quiz Five Ways To Break The Law

Answer: An uncaged bear

Quite why anyone would want to drive with a uncaged bear in their car is a mystery; however presumably at least one person has done it otherwise there would be no need to have a law against it. It's unlikely that anyone who tried it would actually live long enough to be prosecuted. Alligators, moose and snakes though are fine.

28. Which nation's great document contains the words "...all men are created equal...with certain unalienable Rights...Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness"?

From Quiz Right or Wrong?

Answer: United States Declaration of Independence

The United States Declaration of Independence was a document compiled by representatives from the thirteen original American colonies claiming independence from the control of the British Empire. Adopted by congress in 1776, it not only listed the colonies' grievance against the British King at that time, George III, it also demanded various natural and legal rights for American colonists. This document is one of the most famous documents in the world, not only for its historical impact, but also for its emphasis on, and the clarity of, its demand for human rights. With a nod to the influence of the English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) for his works during the Age of Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence was drafted in the main by the great Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Locke's original wording when speaking of human rights was ", liberty and estate...". Founding Father George Mason's (1725-1792) wording when he drafted an earlier Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776 was " and liberty, and the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety...". Thomas Jefferson however, in agreement with Benjamin Franklin, agreed that the concept of property should be downplayed in the new document. The result was the beautiful, and poetical sounding clarion call for human rights, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".

29. What does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights state in its first Article?

From Quiz International Law

Answer: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

The declaration, made in 1948, played a very important part in recognizing individuals, not only countries and organizations, as subjects of the international law.

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