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In a nod to George Orwell I have been using Google Analytics to monitor blog visitor activity. I have been doing this to enable a focusing of content towards the core readership. I hope this does not put readers off! Do not worry I have not been selling your URL details to anyone! Interestingly the blog has attracted visits from sixty countries to date. Hello everyone thanks for visiting the blog! The countries are:
This has got me thinking - which of those countries have a bankruptcy law? As a legal historian I thought I would start at the beginning with my analysis. My oldest reference point to date (save for Hebrew, Greek, Roman and medieval sources) is Loveland (Loveland, FO. A Treatise on the Law and Proceedings in Bankruptcy. WH Anderson & Co, Cincinnati, 1899) who notes that the following countries had a bankruptcy law according to a Congressional Committee report of "notable value" (December 16th 1897 - The House Committee on the Judiciary of the Fifty-fourth Congress):
The Committee did not ascertain whether there was a bankruptcy law in:
Loveland notes, “It will be observed that, aside from China and possibly Japan, there are no countries of any considerable importance [how is this defined??] but what have bankruptcy laws in the modern sense of the word…In Guadeloupe there is no relief whatsoever for a bankrupt. In Siam there are no bankruptcy laws as we understand them.”
If any blog readers from the above countries would like to submit (by email: firstname.lastname@example.org) a 300 summary of the bankruptcy laws (or lack off) in their respective jurisdictions as they now stand I will happily publish the same on the blog. For a recent summary of Turkish insolvency law see: Baister, S & Altinsoy, E. The bankruptcy law of the Republic of Turkey (2009) C.R. & I,2(2), 67-70.
Thanks for reading and if any readers from particularly warm and exotic locations need a visiting lecturer for a month or so do please feel free to send over an invite!
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