The Proposal for a New Directive on Countering Terrorism: Two Steps Forward, How Many Steps Back?

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Keywords: terrorism – foreign terrorist fighters – harmonisation of criminal offences – terrorist financing – victims – terrorist training.
 

Since the 9/11 attacks, the harmonisation of national legislations has been one of the yardsticks in the efforts made by the EU to fight terrorism. The landmark Framework...

Different Arguments Lead to the Same Result: The Tobacco Products Directive Is Declared Valid by the Court of Justice

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Abstract: On 4 May 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgment in the case Philip Morris. For the first time, the reasoning of the Court does not focus exclusively on internal market issues but, instead, includes an analysis on fundamental rights and the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity. Following...

“Clash of Titans”. General Principles of EU Law: Balancing and Horizontal Direct Effect

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Abstract: More than 10 years after the first ruling on the horizontal effect of the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of age, in the Dansk Industri case (Court of Justice, judgment of 19 April 2016, Dansk Industri (DI), Acting on Behalf of Ajos A/S v. Estate of Karsten Eigil Rasmussen, case C-441/14 [GC]) the CJEU...

García Nieto: Another Restrictive Approach in the European Citizenship Case Law

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Keywords: CJEU – EU citizenship – social benefits – short-term residence – economically inactive – family reunification.
 

On February 2016, the CJEU rendered an important judgment in, García-Nieto et al., on the limits to the right to social assistance granted to European citizens living in another...

Data Protection as a Central Issue of ECJ Policies: From Digital Rights Ireland to Data Protection Commissioner [Ireland]

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Keywords: data protection – privacy – right to be forgotten – right of access – data commissioners.
 

In a short time (from Spring 2014 to Autumn 2015) the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued ten decisions providing for the authoritative interpretation of the EU legislation in the field of personal...

The Court of Justice Considers the Commission’s US Safe Harbour Decision Invalid

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Keywords: protection of personal data – Directive 95/46/EC – Safe Harbour Decision – Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union – national supervisory authority.
 

The Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC)[1] provides that the transfer of personal data to a third country may...

Déclaration consignée dans une Note verbale de la Représentation Permanente de la France, datée du 24 novembre 2015, enregistrée au Secrétariat Général du Conseil de l’Europe

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Keywords: ECHR – Art. 15 – fight against terrorism – derogation from the Convention – public safety.
 

Le sceau macabre du terrorisme marque l’histoire de la République française. Régulièrement confrontés à cette violence aveugle, ses gouvernements successifs ont nécessairement bâti un dispositif constitutionnel...

The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami II Case and the Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: A Missed Opportunity?

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Abstract: On 3 September 2015 the EU Court of Justice dismissed the appeal against the judgment of 25 April 2013, case T-526/10, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami et al. II, in which the General Court had refused to declare the invalidity of the basic Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 on trade in seal products pursuant to Art. 277 TFUE. Among the issues...

La prima pronuncia del Tribunale sull’iniziativa dei cittadini europei

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Keywords: democrazia partecipativa – Unione europea – cittadinanza europea – iniziativa dei cittadini europei – Regolamento (UE) n. 211/2011.
 

Il Tribunale dell’Unione europea (Tribunale) si è pronunciato sul diniego di registrazione dell’iniziativa dei cittadini europei (ICE) “Un milione di firme per un’Europa...

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