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Inter-Environnement Expanded: Another Brick Out of the Wall of EU Law Supremacy?

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Abstract: In Association France Nature Environnement (judgment of 28 July 2016, case C-379/15), the Court of Justice dealt with two issues. First, is it possible for national courts to limit the effects of a judicial decision annulling national law contrary to EU law in the field of environmental protection? Second, are national courts...

L’obbligo (flessibile) di rinvio pregiudiziale e i possibili fattori di un suo irrigidimento. Riflessioni in margine alla sentenza Association France Nature Environnement

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Abstract: In its judgement of 28 July 2016 (case C-41/11, Inter-Environnement Wallonie e Terre wallonne), the CJEU confirmed its settled case law concerning the interpretation of Art. 267, para. 3, TFEU. Indeed, since CILFIT, the CJEU has allowed national courts of last instance to solve by themselves interpretative problems in the...

Mixity in EU Foreign Trade Policy Is Here to Stay: Advocate General Sharpston on the Allocation of Competence for the Conclusion of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

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Abstract: It has been two decades since the Court of Justice had the chance to comprehensively assess the scope of the common commercial policy. In Opinion 2/15 on the EU-Singapore free trade agreement (FTA) the Court is now asked to determine how far the EU’s external competence stretches post-Lisbon. Ahead of the decision, AG Sharpston has...

“Clash of Titans” 2.0. From Conflicting EU General Principles to Conflicting Jurisdictional Authorities: The Court of Justice and the Danish Supreme Court in the Dansk Industri Case

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Abstract: The present Insight focuses on the reception by the Danish Supreme Court (judgment of 6 December 2016, no. 15/2014, DI acting for Ajos A/S v. The estate left by A.) of the Court of Justice decision in the Dansk Industri case (judgment of 19 April 2016, case C-441/14 [GC]). Instead of disapplying a national...

The Front Polisario v. Council Case: The General Court, Völkerrechtsfreundlichkeit and the External Aspect of European Integration (First Part)

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Abstract: Over the last few years, the CJEU’s approach to international law has sparked a fierce debate in the literature. More recent case-law has challenged the narrative of the CJEU’s Völkerrechtsfreundlichkeit and it has called into question the EU’s carefully cultivated self-image as a global actor with an attitude of respect and...

EU Law and Extradition Agreements of Member States: The Petruhhin Case

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Abstract: The Insight analyses the recent judgment of the Court of Justice in the Aleksei Petruhhin v. Latvijas Republikas Ģenerālprokuratūra case (judgment of 6 December 2016, case C-182/15). The preliminary ruling deals with the relationship between EU law and Member States’ extradition agreements with third countries. The...

Denialism as the Supreme Expression of Realism – A Quick Comment on NF v. European Council

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Abstract: By Order of 28 February 2017 in case T-192/16, NF v. European Council, the General Court dismissed as inadmissible an action for annulment brought against the s.c. EU-Turkey deal concluded on 18 March 2016. In the view of the General Court, independently of its binding nature, the deal is to be attributed to the Member States and...

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A New Derogation to the Admissibility of an Application in Staff Cases: The Cerafogli Judgment

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Keywords: EU staff – pre-litigation procedure – admissibility – plea of illegality – rule of correspondence – amicable settlement.
 

On 27 October 2016, the Extended Composition of the Appeal Chamber of the GC rendered the judgment in ECB v. Cerafogli.[1]...

Restricciones a la libre circulación de capitals mediante beneficios fiscales en materia de sucesiones

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Keywords: taxation – free movement of capital – inheritance – residence – objectively comparable situation – public interest.
 

El asunto Comisión contra Grecia[1] ha venido a aumentar el número de pronunciamientos del TJUE en lo referido a las regulaciones...

The Company You Keep: The Court of Justice Confirms Sanctions Against Persons Associated with Zimbabwe Regime

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Keywords: restrictive measures – CFSP – Art. 29 TEU – listing criteria – persons associated with the regime – Zimbabwe.
 

On 28 July 2016, the European Court of Justice confirmed the legality of restrictive measures taken by the European Union against the former Attorney General of Zimbabwe and further 120...

Respect des valeurs de l’Union européenne en Pologne: première application du nouveau cadre pour renforcer l’État de droit

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Keywords: European Union values – Arts 7 and 49 TEU – rule of law – European Commission – Poland – framework to strengthen the rule of law.
 

L’Union européenne est, comme le revendiquent l’art. 2 du traité sur l’Union européenne ainsi que le préambule de la Charte des droits fondamentaux, fondée sur un certain...

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Condizione di precarietà ed incertezza dei richiedenti protezione internazionale al vaglio della Corte europea dei diritti umani: in margine al caso B.A.C. c. Grecia

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Keywords: protection of the right to private life – torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – Greek System of International Protection – repatriation – extradition –Turkey.
 

La recente sentenza B.A.C. c. Grecia[1] ha rappresentato l’occasione per una presa di posizione...

The EU Solution to Deal with the Dutch Referendum Result on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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Keywords: EU-Ukraine cooperation – association agreement – Dutch referendum – European Council – mixed agreements – international agreements.
 

On 6 April 2016 the Dutch population was asked to be voor (in favour) or tegen (against) the act to approve the Association Agreement between the...

Representing the People vs Channelling Them: Constitutional Niceties in an Age of Instant Democratic Gratification

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Keywords: Brexit – UK constitutional law – Article 50 TEU – prerogative – separation of powers – treaty-making.
 

On 3 November 2016 the High Court decided in the case R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union[1] that the Prime Minister...

H. v. Council et Al. – A Minor Expansion of the CJEU’s Jurisdiction Over the CFSP

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Keywords: CJEU – Common Foreign and Security Policy – seconded staff – jurisdiction – attribution – European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM bih).
 

On 19 July 2016 the Grand Chamber of the CJEU issued its judgment in case C-455/14 P, H. v. Council et al....

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