There’s life in the Mars land claim

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Aug 03, 2017
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If Philip Davies, the British doctor from Surrey, who is trying to get a legal claim that he owns Mars off the ground (as it were), actually succeeds he is likely to be holding great wads of folding by the time he gets there.

Word reaches The Brief that the doctor’s publicity drive in the US has generated a flood of contributions and members for his campaign. The money from fellow “Mars claimants”, as Davies describes his backers, has allowed his campaign to spend nearly £500 a day on promoted tweets and refined Google Adwords.

“We are now at the top of Google’s first page for virtually everything to do with a Mars land claim/purchase and have also got massive returns on our tweeting to space-minded audiences in UK, US and Australia,” Davies tells The Brief.

Readers will recall that the gist of Davies’ claim is that the 1967 international Outer Space Treaty is out of date. He wants to challenge UN’s committee for peaceful uses of outer space over the continuing validity of the treaty before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. 

Backing the doctor are some heavyweight chaps in white lab coats, including Fabio Tronchetti, professor of air and space law at the University of Mississippi, who is billed as “a world renowned space law scholar”. Also on board is Philip De Man, a senior lecturer in space law at Leuven University in Belgium, who is a member of that country’s delegation to the UN committee.

To generate youth interest, Davies is organising a mooting competition for law students. The deadline for entries is October 10, which is the 50th anniversary of the space treaty coming into force. The winner is will take home a cheque for £1,000.

A mother every law student should have

Stories of pushy parents usually involve fathers screaming obscenities at referees during school football matches or mothers stamping their feet over their little darling not being given a leading role in the drama club’s performance of My Fair Lady.

But now even the legal profession has fallen into the crosshairs of parents who feel that the world has not properly recognised the genius of their offspring.

A recent report on the Roll on Friday website highlighted the case of a “proud mummy”, who could not resist going in to bat on behalf of her (long suffering) law student son in his attempt to bag a summer placement at a “magic circle” law firm in the City of London.

The mother, who has been anonymised by the site, tweeted at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer first to enquire when her son would be told if his application had been successful. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough for the poor lad, mama tweeted again to remind the Anglo-German monolith that her son “got high scores in the perception test”. 
 
When a barrister who was observing the show on the public social media site chimed in with a sarcastic response, the law student’s mother turned her attention to him. “Any chance you could offer my son some work experience,” she pleaded.

If student does crack a City law firm or chambers, a likely bog-wash awaits.

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