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  The EU Commission has recently announced that investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) will no longer be part of its proposals on TTIP. This was the Commission’s response to public contestation and fears that such a mechanism could place unjustified constraints on democratic institutions and on the capacity of states and of the EU to preserve… » read more

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A little while ago, the judgement in case C-355/10 (Schengen Borders Code (SBC)) received much attention. In this judgement the Court appeared to find an act’s interference with human rights to be an objective factor determining whether it regulated ‘essential elements’ – something that non-legislative acts must not do under Union law. Last week’s judgement… » read more

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By Marc de Werd, judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and professor of European Justice (Maastricht University) Back to the drawing board   Much has already been written in the blogospere about the CJEU’s Opinion 2/13 on the draft accession agreement on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention for the… » read more

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In the recent news about Greece, there is one issue that keeps on resurfacing: trust. News reports will state that there is a ‘trust gap’ between Greece and the Troika, that creditors don’t trust Greece’s plans and the breakdown of the talks was ultimately caused by a lack of trust between the negotiating parties. In… » read more

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Renewed efforts by a small group of member states to take Council transparency forward.   by Maarten Hillebrandt   The embattled EU is currently dealing with issues within, beyond, and on its borders all at the same time. Within its borders, the fresh conservative government of prime minister Cameron has made its first steps to… » read more

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Blog by Chris Anderson, University College London   Questions of expert and executive power are at the forefront of longstanding debates on risk regulation in the European Union, but the intimate connections between them too often go unexplored. By employing the theoretical tool of coproduction, those connections can be laid bare, and we can begin… » read more

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By ACELG’s P.J. Kuijper It is interesting to note that recent blogposts commenting on Case C-409/13 (Council v Commission) by Steve Peers and Laurens Ankersmit largely take the perspective of the Council and the intervening Member States by presenting this as a constraint upon or a curtailment of the Commission’s presumably unfettered right to withdraw… » read more

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Michèle Finck, University of Oxford Next month, voters in Luxembourg will have to participate in a referendum (voting is mandatory in Luxembourg) that raises three different questions, among which is the following: do you agree that those residents that are not Luxembourg nationals should be entitled to participate in national legislative elections under the condition… » read more

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