Schengen and Free Movement Law During the First Phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Of Symbolism, Law and Politics

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction: border closures as a source of symbolic capital. – II. Reintroduction and termination of internal border controls. – II.1. Legality of the initial suspension of border-free travel. – II.2. Alternatives to systematic internal border controls. – II.3. Return to normality: intergovernmental cooperation. – II.4....

La Cour de justice de l’Union européenne et l’exigence d’indépendance de la justice

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Table of Contents: I. La question de l’indépendance des juges et des procureurs. – II. L’indépendance comme exigence primordiale pour la coopération judiciaire pénale. – II.1. Une garantie essentielle pour la protection des droits fondamentaux. – II.2. Un gage de confiance mutuelle entre autorités judiciaires. – III. L’indépendance comme exigence...

Mind the Fog, Stand Clear of the Cliff! From the Political Declaration to the Post-Brexit EU-UK Legal Framework – Part I

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Genesis of the Political Declaration. – III. Transitional period and post-Brexit negotiations. – III.1. The transitional period: raison d'être and the basic parameters. – III.2. Political Declaration and negotiations of the future EU-UK framework. – III.3. Post-Brexit negotiations. IV. Post...

Neither Representation nor Values? Or, “Europe’s Moment” – Part II

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Part I of this Editorial dealt with the interrelation between representation and taxation reflected in the measures adopted or envisaged by the EU institutions to face the COVID-19 pandemic. It argued that a more courageous approach in each phase of this virtuous circle could have significantly enhanced the legitimacy of the Union as an entity expressing the...

Neither Representation nor Taxation? Or, “Europe’s Moment” – Part I

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The philosophical implication of the abused formula “no taxation without representation”, or, in medieval terms “nullum scutagium nisi per commune consilium” can hardly be overshadowed. It underlies a conception of social organisation which departs from the Hobbesian paradigm, based on the unconditioned devolution to an absolute sovereign of all the prerogatives...

When Two Preliminary Questions Result in One and Half Answers: A 'Constitutional Tragedy' in Four Acts

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. How the story unfolded: the four acts of the “constitutional tragedy”. – II.1. Act 1: the referring order of the Dutch Council of State. – II.2. Act 2: the referring order of the Tribunal of Milan. – II.3. Act 3: the reply to the Dutch referral. – II.4. Act 4: the reply to the Italian referral. – III. The...

Power Talk: Effects of Inter-Court Disagreement on Legal Reasoning in the Preliminary Reference Procedure

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. Conceptual framework and terminology. – III. Data and research design. – III.1. The dataset. – III.2. Research process. – IV. The Court’s behaviour. – V. The Court’s strategies. – VI. Conclusions.

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