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The First Ever Interpretative Preliminary Ruling Concerning the Validity of an International Agreement Between EU Member States: The Achmea Case

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Abstract: In its judgment of 6 March 2018, in Achmea (case C-284/16 [GC]), the CJEU for the first time ruled on the validity, in light of EU law, of an international agreement between Member States. The judgment raises several important legal questions. This Insight concentrates exclusively on those related to...

Brexit et espace judiciaire européen

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Abstract: Brexit will lead the United Kingdom to exit from the European judicial area. The different European rules, dealing with judicial competence, conflicts of laws and the recognition of judicial decisions, will not apply anymore. Legal certainty is at risk, for persons exercising free movement and for commercial exchanges. Hence the need to...

Aplicación del Derecho europeo en Gibraltar: la libre prestación de servicios y la consideración de una única entidad estatal con Reino Unido

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Abstract: In its judgment of 13 June 2017, case C-591/15, The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, the Court of Justice held that, in the area of freedom to provide services, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar are to be treated as a single member State. Therefore, national fiscal measures at stake, found to be in all other regards...

Freedom of Religion in the Workplace v. Freedom to Conduct a Business, the Islamic Veil Before the Court of Justice: Ms. Samira Achbita Case

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Abstract: The Court of Justice ruled on 14 March 2017 an interesting judgment concerning the dismissal of Ms. Samira Achbita (case C‑157/15, Samira Achbita v. G4S Secure Solutions NV), a Muslim female, who had worked as a receptionist in the private sector. She was dismissed due to her refusal to stop wearing the Islamic headscarf according...

A New Consensus on the UK’s Role in Union External Action Post-Brexit: Two Wins for…?

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Keywords: Brexit – EU – UK – withdrawal – transition – trade.
 

The nature of an unfolding Brexit is that once something is put to paper everything is later flipped on its head. The Withdrawal Agreement of last week, despite its dismissal by Theresa May, appeared to represent a consensus as to what role the UK...

Beshkov or the Long Road to the Principle of Social Rehabilitation of Offenders

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Abstract: This Insight provides an analysis of the first preliminary ruling (Court of Justice, judgment of 21 September 2017, case C-171/16, Beshkov) concerning some provisions of the Council Framework Decision 2008/675/JHA of 24 July 2008 on taking account of convictions in the Member States of the European Union in the course of...

Emergency Measures Against GMOs 
Between Harmonizing and De-harmonizing
 Trends: The Case Fidenato et al.

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Abstract: This Insight comments on the preliminary ruling in the case Fidenato et al. (judgment of 13 September 2017, case C-111/16), in which the Court of Justice excluded that Member States may rely on the precautionary principle enshrined in Art. 7 of Regulation 178/2002 to adopt emergency measures against the cultivation of...

Between Rhetoric and Reality: 
Consensus on the UK’s Role 
in Union External Action Post-Brexit?

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Keywords: Brexit – EU – transition – external action – Draft Withdrawal Agreement – UK.
 

The EU Commission’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement (“the Agreement”)[1] prompted a strong response from Theresa May: “No UK prime minister could ever agree to it”....

De la délicate interprétation du Système Dublin

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Abstract: The Jafari case ruled in July 2017 (Court of Justice, judgment of 26 July 2017, case C-646/16, Jafari [GC]) gives the CJEU the opportunity to come back on the summer 2015 migration crisis. The difficult articulation between Dublin III Regulation and other relevant legal instruments in such a particular context...

European Citizens’ Initiatives, Greek Debt and Court of Justice: The Final Chapter

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Abstract: For the first time the Court of Justice – in its Grand Chamber composition – has ruled upon the registration phase of a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and, consequently, on the framework of the Commission’s powers in this respect. The ECI entitled “One Million Signatures for a Europe of Solidarity” – aimed at introducing in the EU economic and monetary...

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