Today, October 2, 2107, the management of SSRN’s eLibrary (Social Science Research Network, see www.ssrn.com) writes to me that the paper, “INSTRUMENT OF THE EUROPEAN LAW INSTITUTE – RESCUE OF BUSINESS IN INSOLVENCY LAW”, was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the Corporate Governance & Law eJournal: “As of 02 October 2017, your paper has been downloaded 99 times.” That’s great news, as (1) it’s rather odd to have the paper (a 400 pages report, see https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3032309, as well as http://bobwessels.nl/2017/09/2017-09-doc3-eli-business-rescue-report-published/) listed under ‘corporate governance’, rather than ‘law’, but more importantly that my colleague and co-reporter, professor Stephan Madaus, owes me a bottle of good German wine, as we made a bet for such a bottle if in 3 months after the presentation of our report (which was September 6, so: per December 6, 2017) it would have been downloaded from the ssrn website (mind you, only that website!) 100 or more times. With 99 downloads in less than 4 weeks (none of them was mine, no manipulation on this side!) I am confident a bottle is coming my way! For the real lawyers: which law applies to a cross-border gamble between a German and Dutch professor, only orally concluded in Vienna, Austria, with alcohol as a subject?
Note, the picture is taken by Theun Okkerse, ‘View of Dordrecht seen from Papendracht, The Netherlands’, 2016, used as cover of our (Dutch) book Divers Dordrecht, Verhalen over de stad, see