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Video: Making Law on the High Seas

Kristina Gjerde is an expert on the legal aspects of marine conservation and is an advisor for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Maritime law is a challenging area of the law: because no single jurisdiction nor central authority exists, this legal field consists of a patchwork of international treaties and national legislation, leaving many loopholes and unclear situations.

As evidenced by the legal aftermath of the recently disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph, which had been seized last year over safety concerns, ships and industrial installations can be registered and located in jurisdictions that maintain very different standards from what the general public may think.

Video: The Puzzle of Motivation

Career and organizational analyst Dan Pink takes a fascinating look at what motivates us in the work place and in life in general.

Video: How to Define the "Right Thing" to Do?

Michael Sandel, teaches political philosophy at Harvard and held this interesting talk about how to figure out what the right thing to do is, especially in tricky situations with contradictory parameters.

For example, if you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do?

As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white.

Video: 5 Body Language Mistakes That Can Cost the Job

You have sent in a perfect resume and flawless cover letter listing all your paralegal credentials. You have been invited to an interview. You have researched the firm and have prepared brilliant responses to all tough interview questions you could think of. Then, the interview went well, but still you were not selected.

Thinking about these 5 body language factors brings to mind that, in a job interview, it's likely that your body language will have more of an impact on the interviewer than anything you say.

News : Law Firm Revenues & Profits Dropping, Layoffs Ahead (video)

The numbers aren't promising: Law firm expenses grew faster than revenue during the first half of 2012 according to the latest survey by Citi Private Bank.

This study also revealed that transactional work is currently slower than litigation. While the pace of litigation hast often offset a slow deal market in the past, it now seems that corporate clients are in a stronger bargaining position, pressuring their law firms into discount for litigation work.

Video: Let's simplify legal jargon!

Alan Siegel, a branding expert and one of the leading authorities on business communication, wants to put plain English back into legal documents.

According to him, many documents are written in too complex "legalese" and many are simply too long. We all know that these are views that shared by many who do not work in the legal professions. In this video, he calls for a simple, sensible redesign of legal documents -- and a re-introduction of plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible for everyone again.

Video: On Nurturing Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about what we can do to nurture our own creativity. Fascinating insights into how to be more aware of one's own capabilities and how to help ourselves take full advantage of what is in us.

Video: Women in Professional Leadership Positions

With Facebook going public late last week with much fanfare, one of the lesser mentioned facts was that Facebook is actually operationally managed by a woman, namely the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg.

We thought it would be interesting to hear from a successful woman like Sheryl Sandberg what she thinks about leadership and women. Her TED talk "Why We Have too Few Women Leaders" offers valuable insights.

Video: The Optimism Bias

Tali Sharot shares an entertaining, yet insightful view of how humans (luckily) display a clear bias for optimism.

From TED:

Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

Video: Forcing Lawyers to Retire

From The Open Mind, a PBS program, the President of the Federal Bar Council Mark Zauderer discusses forced retirement in the legal profession.