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Nicole A. Pierce

Biography Dr Nicole A. Pierce (BA, JD, MBA, LLM, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in International Trade Law and Private International Law at the Faculty of Business and Law (BAL) on the LLB program at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Prior to joining De Montfort she was a Teaching Fellow for the MSc program in IP Law and dissertation Supervisor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London. She also was an Associate Lecturer on the LLB program in Business…

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Eva Lein

Biography Eva is Professor at the University of Lausanne and Director of the Comparative Law Center at BIICL. Her fields of expertise are private international law, international dispute resolution and comparative law with a special focus on contract law and, more recently, digitalisation. She has also been a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and at Queen Mary, Institute in Paris, a Visiting Professor at different institutions, including the University Paris I (Sorbonne),…

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Yarik Kryvoi

Professor Yarik Kryvoi is the Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum. Prof Kryvoi's expertise is primarily in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, international administrative law and international public law.  In addition to his role at the BIICL, he is a visiting professor at a London-based university and teaches arbitration at the Chartered Institute…

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Andrew Dickinson

Biography Professor Andrew Dickson joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2021. Andrew Dickinson is Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of St Catherine's College. After studying law in Oxford (MA and BCL; St Edmund Hall), Andrew attended the College of Law in Chester before qualifying as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London. From 2011-2013, he was Professor of Private International Law at the University of Sydney. Professor Dickinson's principal area of…

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Adrian Briggs QC

Biography Professor Adrian Briggs QC joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2021. He is Professor of Private International Law at the University of Oxford. His main interest has always been in private international law, and within that, in questions of civil jurisdiction and the effect of foreign judgments. He spent 15 years as one of the editors of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws, but his own perspective on the subject, in its increasingly European guise, was published…

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Constance Bonze

Constance Bonzé joined BIICL as a Researcher for the Centre for Comparative Law in 2017. An expert in legal and empirical research on Private International Law and Comparative Law, she worked on studies for the European Commission: the State of Collective Redress in the EU (2017) and the Rome II Regulation (2021). She also co-authored research projects on Judicial Cooperation after Brexit (2019) and on the New International Commercial Courts (2020). Current research projects include a cooperation…

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Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution (Online Participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial lawyer and knowledge in this area is essential. Specialised skills are required to…

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Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial lawyer and knowledge in this area is essential. Specialised skills are required to manoeuvre through the…

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Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS (Online Participation)

EVENTS Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS (Online Participation) save the date) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 14 October 2022, the Investment Treaty Forum brings together senior practitioners, representatives of States, arbitrators, academics…

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Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (Online Participation)

EVENTS Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 1st July 2022, the new ICSID Rules came into effect. This has marked an end of a nearly six-year long process that ICSID launched to modernise, simplify, and streamline the rules while…

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22nd BIICL Annual WTO Conference

EVENTS 22nd BIICL Annual WTO Conference  Climate Change: Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) Approaches and the WTO Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored By Conference Details Why are Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) Approaches being considered by an increasing number of countries? What are the factors…

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Global Governance at a Crossroads: Finding Solutions to Challenges Facing the Multilateral Trade System

EVENTS Global Governance at a Crossroads:  Finding Solutions to Challenges Facing the Multilateral Trade System Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The 12th session of the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on 12-17 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva, after being…

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Harry Weinrebe Annual lecture: Right to a Fair Trial

EVENTS The Annual Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Defending the Right to a Fair Trial Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location                    Supported by The Dorset Foundation and sponsored by Event Details Although it has long been enshrined in international…

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Reframing Jurisdiction: Revising the Grounds or a New Scheme?

EVENTS Reframing Jurisdiction: Revising the Grounds or a New Scheme? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Jurisdiction rules play a pivotal role in cross-border litigation. Uncertainties in their application, with resulting increased costs, time, money and use of judicial resources may be harmful…

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New article published by Guy Beringer in City A.M

Guy Beringer, Co-Chairman of the Bingham Development Board considers how the emergence of economic sanctions creates new challenges for government, business and the law. The emergence of economic sanctions as a potential deterrent weapon for dealing with rogue states gives rise to new challenges for government, business and the law. This will require new thinking and co-ordinated planning. It will also require better understanding of the rationale for rule of law principles in market economies.…

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BIICL and CEDR launch new podcast series

BIICL is proud to partner with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) on a new podcast series on smarter approaches to dispute resolution. This series brings together BIICL's 'Breathing Space Series' which aims to help safeguard commercial activity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and CEDR's vision of 'Better conflicts, better outcomes leading to a better world'. While looking at issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series will also look at evolving attitudes…

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Law and Change: Smart Cities, Platform Economy and the Vulnerable

EVENTS Law and Change: Smart Cities, Platform Economy and the Vulnerable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with Law and Change Series The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with the Center for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) of the Singapore Management…

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BIICL and CARICOM announce new project

CARICOM Project to Harmonize Company and Insolvency Laws BIICL is delighted to be working with Dr Nicole Pierce, Deputy Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States  on a new research project aiming to provide assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) to harmonize company,…

International Litigation

43rd FA Mann Lecture: International Law before United Kingdom Courts - A Quiet Revolution

EVENTS 43rd FA Mann Lecture: International Law before United Kingdom Courts - A Quiet Revolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by Event Details   The forty-third of a series of lectures in honour of the late Dr F A Mann QC (Hon) (1907-1991) arranged by his former partners in Herbert…

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Short Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Short Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This two-day programme is focused on current developments and strategies in cross-border dispute resolution. Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial…

Comparative Law+2

Law and Change: Social Media

EVENTS Law and Change: Social Media Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with the Center for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) of the Singapore Management University on a series of webinars on 'Law…

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Study on the Rome II Regulation Published

Publication of the European Commission Study on the Rome II Regulation We are pleased to announce that the Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations has now been published by the European Commission. BIICL (in consortium with Civic Consulting ) was selected by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) to conduct the Study supporting the preparation of a report on the application of the Rome II Regulation on the law applicable…

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Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations

Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations In reply to the EU Commission's Request for service number JUST/2019/JCOO/FW/CIVI/0167, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in consortium with Civic Consulting  carried out a Study to support the preparation of a report on the application of Regulation (EC) No. 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations ("Rome II Regulation"), hereafter,…

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Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia (in-person)

SAVE THE DATE Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia (in-person) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In recent years, International Commercial Courts have been established across Europe and in Asia. Now that these courts have been dealing with international cases for a…

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Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia

EVENTS Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In recent years, International Commercial Courts have been established across Europe and in Asia. Now that these courts have been dealing with international cases for a while, it is…

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Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law

EVENTS Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The possibility to complain about the violation of human rights before a supra-national body is an essential element towards the effective implementation of international human rights law. Beyond…

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Class, Intersectionality, the Right to Housing and the Avoidable Tragedy of Grenfell

The avoidable tragedy of Grenfell Tower starkly raises the issues of class and intersectionality, an area which has, until now, received insufficient analysis. This chapter excavates, inter alia, three issues surrounding class, intersectionality and the Grenfell Tower tragedy: the nature of class as a concept; its implications in constituting a ground of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010; and its relationship with intersectionality. The reasons behind the insufficient attention…

Comparative Law+5

Swiss-UK Bilateral Relations outside EU Membership

EVENTS Swiss-UK Bilateral Relations outside EU Membership Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Brexit has led to a new triangle of legal relations in Europe outside of EU membership: UK-EU; Swiss-EU; and UK-Swiss. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. After 47 years of a…

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Appointment and Removal of ISDS Arbitrators: Practical Problems and Prospects for Reform

EVENTS Appointment and Removal of ISDS Arbitrators: Practical Problems and Prospects for Reform Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Image courtesy of ICSID         Sponsored By:                                   …

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The Representative Actions Directive - a class action for Europe?

After many years of discussion, the EU Representative Actions Directive was finally promulgated in early December last year. The European institutions have had a long-standing interest in consumer redress & group actions dating back to at least 1980s. The first concrete result of that was the Injunctions Directive passed in 1998, which though solely a regulatory measure, was nonetheless very significant development as the first EU legislation covering in a general way on civil procedural…

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The Representative Actions Directive – a class action for Europe?

EVENTS The Representative Actions Directive - a class action for Europe? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This webinar will examine the recently-adopted EU Representative Actions Directive and consider its impact on cross-border and domestic collective redress actions across Europe.…

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Resource Pack: Force majeure and hardship in commercial contracts cross-border and comparative perspectives

RESOURCE PACK Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives     Webinar Details On 8 April 2020 this webinar examined the legal consequences of a party's inability to perform a contract due to events outside their control, by comparing and contrasting a series of different juridictions including the US, France and the UK. An analysis was made of the issue of force majeure / and hardship…

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Recording: Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Government response to the pandemic

RECORDING Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes Event details 23 Member States of the European Union signed on 5 May 2020 agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. This agreement implements the 2018 judgment of the European Court of Justice, in which the Court found that intra-EU BITs violate the EU Treaties. The termination agreement implements the March…

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Forum on Investor-State Mediation

EVENTS Forum on Investor-State Mediation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Partner: Read the event summary  |  Watch the recordings of the presentations  Event Details On 8-9 December 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative…

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Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic

EVENTS Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details BIICL's "Breathing Space" series considers how the legal and business communities might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster economic recovery.…

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Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy

EVENTS Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event partners      Event Details Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Institute of Small and Micro States(ISMS), and BIICL will host a two-day conference on human rights as…

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Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials

WEBINAR Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials Organised in partnership with: Event Details The…

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Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19

EVENTS Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar 260620 Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19 recording Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has recently published two Concept Notes on…

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Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes

WEBINAR Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location  Media Partner Event details 23 Member States of the European Union signed on 5 May 2020 agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. This…

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COM study on the Rome II Regulation

European Commission Study on the Rome II Regulation The Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations, conducted by Prof. Eva Lein, Dr. Sara Migliorini and Constance Bonzé, was published in October 2021 Read the Study   Share LinksProject - Tags The Study conducts a legal analysis and assessment of the practical experiences and problems of interpretation in the application of the Rome II Regulation for…

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UK accession to the 2007 Lugano Convention

On 8 April 2020, the United Kingdom deposited a request for re-accession to the 2007 Lugano Convention as an individual member. According to Art. 72 of the Convention, the UK accession requires the unanimous consent of all contracting parties. While Switzerland, Norway and Iceland have already announced their support, the European Union and Denmark (which is an individual member due to its special status in EU civil justice cooperation) still have to give their explicit consent. The accession…

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Course: Comparative Business Law

EVENTS Course: Comparative Business Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with: Event Details BIICL is working with ESCP Europe Business School on this 30 hour course on Comparative Business Law. Taught by BIICL and ESCP staff and legal practitioners, the course provides an excellent…

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Small States, International Law and the Realisation of Rights

EVENTS Conference: Small States, International Law and the Realisation of Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with Event Details The conference will examine how Small States influence international law and global decision-making, including a review of the common challenges faced and a comparative…

International Litigation

Short Course: Cross-border Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Short Course: Cross-border Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details This three-day programme is focused on current developments and strategies in cross-border dispute resolution. Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial…

Comparative Law+1

Herbert Smith Freehills Project Series

New Specialist Commercial Courts - Changing Dispute Resolution post Brexit? (2019/2020) Overview With support of Herbert Smith Freehills, the Center of Comparative Law is working on the project "New Specialist Commercial Courts - Changing Dispute Resolution post Brexit?" The project looks at the newly established Commercial Courts (CCs) in Europe and their possible impact on the European market for litigation. Legislative initiatives to create Commercial Courts have been put forward in…

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International-level dispute resolution for mass claims / human rights claims

Time: 16.30-19.15 (Registration from 16.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP The event is a panel discussion on international-level dispute resolution for mass claims / human rights claims. The event was prompted by the publication of Prof Maya Steinitz's book, The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice, which is about the resolution of transnational mass tort claims. …

International Litigation

The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit - Civil and Commercial Matters

This research topic relates to post Brexit perspectives of judicial cooperation in a wider Europe. It assesses the legislative gap following the UK's exit from civil justice cooperation and potential ways to fill it in order to ensure an efficient cross-border enforcement of judgments. This includes a discussion of the Lugano and 2005 Hague Convention regimes as well as the new Hague Judgments Convention which has now been adopted. Share LinksProject - Tags

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The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit Civil and Commercial Matters

The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit Civil and Commercial Matters Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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Rome II at 10: Looking back and ahead

Time: 16.30-19.15 (Registration from 16.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP It's time to celebrate 10 years since Rome II came into force. Its application over the last 10 years has given rise to numerous interesting legal and practical issues as the Courts have started to grapple with applying a novel legal regime. Specialist practitioners and academics from the UK and Europe…

International Litigation

Justice for Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises

This project is led by Prof Petra Butler, Victoria University of Wellington in cooperation with various institutions, including BIICL (Prof Eva Lein). Recent research indicates that the current default system of international dispute resolution, by litigation in national courts, is not satisfactory for Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises ("MSMEs"). MSMEs generally respond to this dissatisfaction with either artificially restrict their cross-border trade or expose themselves to unacceptable…

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Complexity's Embrace The International Law Implications of Brexit

Complexity's Embrace                                                                                      The International Law Implications of Brexit Edited by Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Eva Lein In Complexity's Embrace, international law practitioners and academics from…

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The Brussels I Regulation Recast

The Brussels I Regulation Recast Andrew Dickinson and Eva Lein Summarises the structure of the Regulation and the role played by the case law of the European Court of Justice Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

International Litigation

Enhanced Court Fees The Government Response to Part 2 of the Consultation on Reform of Court Fees

Enhanced Court Fees The Government Response to Part 2 of the Consultation on Reform of Court Fees and Further Proposals for Consultation Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

International Litigation

Factors Influencing International Litigants' Decisions to Bring Commercial Disputes to the London Based Courts

Factors Influencing International Litigants' Decisions to Bring Commercial Disputes to the London Based Courts Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

International Litigation

Factors Influencing International Litigants' Decisions to Bring Commercial Disputes to the London Based Courts

BIICL conducted a study for the UK Ministry of Justice on factors influencing litigants' decisions to bring commercial disputes to London based courts. The project involved a broad fieldwork process including an online survey and qualitative interviews with legal practitioners and litigants in the UK and abroad who assessed the advantages and disadvantages of litigation in the UK. The assessment included the reasons for choice of court agreements in favour of English courts and choice…

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