Legally sophisticated authoritarians: the Hungarian Lex CEU

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON VERFASSUNGSBLOG Gábor Halmai (*) On 28 March the Hungarian government tabled an amendment to the Act on National Higher Education in Parliament. Even though the draft is formulated in normative terms, the only targeted institution is the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros, one of the main enemies of the Viktor… Continue reading Legally sophisticated authoritarians: the Hungarian Lex CEU

What is the point of minimum harmonization of fundamental rights? Some further reflections on the Achbita case.

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS Eleanor Spaventa, Director of the Durham European Law Institute and Professor of European Law, Law School, Durham University Ronan McCrea has already provided a very thoughtful analysis of the headscarf cases; this contribution seeks to complement that analysis by focusing on two issues arising from the Achbita case: first… Continue reading What is the point of minimum harmonization of fundamental rights? Some further reflections on the Achbita case.

Headscarf bans at work: explaining the ECJ rulings

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS ON TUESDAY, 14 MARCH 2017 Professor Steve Peers When can employers ban their staff from wearing headscarves? Today’s rulings of the ECJ have attracted a lot of attention, some of it confused. There have been previous posts on this blog about the background to the cases, and about the… Continue reading Headscarf bans at work: explaining the ECJ rulings

The Ever-expanding National Security State in Europe: the Case of Poland

by Luigi LIMONE (*) One of the most alarming developments across the European Union is the effort by States to make it easier to invoke and prolong a “state of emergency” as a response to terrorism or the threats to violent attacks. Emergency measures, which are generally supposed to be temporary, have become embedded in… Continue reading The Ever-expanding National Security State in Europe: the Case of Poland

TERRORISM : EDRI RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE EP REPORT ON TERRORISM

FOR A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE LEGISLATIVE PREPARATORY WORKS OF THE EU DIRECTIVE ON TERRORISM SEE HERE  EDRI Recommendations for the European Parliament’s Draft Report on the Directive on Combating Terrorism (NDR : emphasis are added) In the view of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE)’s legislative work on the Directive on… Continue reading TERRORISM : EDRI RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE EP REPORT ON TERRORISM

MEIJERS COMMITTEE : Notes on an EU Proposal for a Directive on combating terrorism

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED HERE (16 March 2016) (emphasis in the text below are added) The Meijers Committee would like to comment on the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on combating terrorism,1 partly in light of the proposals made in the Council’s General Approach of 3rd of March 2016 and the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee’s draft report of 10th of March… Continue reading MEIJERS COMMITTEE : Notes on an EU Proposal for a Directive on combating terrorism

Counter-terrorism: The EU and its Member States must respect and protect human rights and the rule of law

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT (*) Brussels, 1st March 2016. The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere – and the assertion by States that there is an elevated terrorist threat in the European Union (EU) – have led to a new set of counter-terrorism measures at both EU and national levels. These terrorist attacks are heinous… Continue reading Counter-terrorism: The EU and its Member States must respect and protect human rights and the rule of law

The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and its interaction with freedom of expression

Nota Bene : At the request of the European Parliament LIBE committee, this study provides an overview of the legal framework applicable to hate speech and hate crime on the one hand and to blasphemy and religious insult on the other hand. It also evaluates the effectiveness of existing legislation in selected Member States and explores… Continue reading The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and its interaction with freedom of expression

EP Study : Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy

FULL STUDY ACCESSIBLE HERE AUTHORS : Dr  Gloria  González Fuster, (Research  Professor  at  the Vrije Universiteit  Brussel  (VUB), Dr Amandine Scherrer, (European Studies Coordinator and Associate Researcher at the Centre d’Etudes sur les  Conflits,  Liberté  et  Sécurité -CCLS) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY EU citizens and residents and, more generally, all individuals deserving protection as ‘data subjects’ by EU law,… Continue reading EP Study : Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy

How the EU “legislative triangle” is becoming a “Bermudes, triangle “…

by Emilio De Capitani According to several scholars the Lisbon Treaty has strengthened the implementation of the democratic principle in the EU as well as the framework for participative democracy. In theory with entry into force of the Charter the EU has become more accountable to its citizens and there has been a clear improvement of… Continue reading How the EU “legislative triangle” is becoming a “Bermudes, triangle “…