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The ECtHR on the Limits of Police Incitement

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The European Councils information Centre in Tallinn

Thinking of the seminar on EU accession to European Convention on Human Rights that took place from 2 to 3 February 2010 in Madrid, and after a Caffee Latte at Vilde (the place exercises re-use policy towards serviettes – for the sake of rainforests?), on Tuesday evening, I started to translate the decision (of  5 January 2010) of […]

On the Road to Interlaken 2010

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Russia has (and also formally on 4th February 2010, see ITAR-TASS, and EU Declaration on the Ratification of Protocol 14) ratified Protocol No.14 to the European Convention on Human Rights. On 15th January 2010, the State Duma of the Russian Federation voted in favour of the ratification of Protocol No.14. On 27th January 2010, the upper […]

On the Spanish Presidency Programme

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La Fura Dels Baus. EFE. Source: Website of Spanish presidency at (Size modified) (RU with us or against us? -Me)

In addition to the Jean Monnet Conference, taking place today in Madrid, where the Jean Monnet professors, chief executives, university rectors, experts and EU representatives participate; and the conference “Paths of Democracy of Europe”, taking place today at Casa de Cultura of Ponferrada, in which later event participates also the newly re-elected European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros; […]

Human Rights and Politics – On Political Declination of the Content of Human Rights

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The Call for Papers to the 4th ESIL Biennial Conference “International Law 1989 – 2010: A Performance Appraisal” that will be held in Cambridge, England, on 2 – 4 September 2010 was closed at midnight. I presented an abstract to be considered under the Agora 7: Human Rights: “Understanding Human Rights and European Values”. This […]

Another Global Governance Colloquium

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The schedule for the Temple University School of Law International Law Colloquium for the Spring Semester 2010: January 19: Monica Hakimi (Univ. of Michigan – Law), State Bystander Responsibility February 2: Jan Klabbers (Univ. of Helsinki), Autonomy, Constitutionalism, and Virtue in International Law February 16: Yuval Shany (Hebrew Univ. – Law), Assessing the Effectiveness of […]

Exercise of Powers under Global Governance

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It could occasionally be useful to see, what are the interests of other leading research centres at other universities. The New York University School of Law Institute for International Law and Justice holds Spring 2010 International Legal Theory Colloquium on “The Turn to Governance: The Exercise of Power in the International Public Space“: January 20: […]

On the Role of Comitology in the Changing EU Policy Process

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EIPA Publications website

The Centre of European Law of the King’s College of the University of London and the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) are holding a 2-day-training seminar from 18th to 19th February 2010 on the role and the workings of committees in the process of EU policy making – „21st Century Comitology: The Theory and Practice of Implementing […]

The Parliamentary Hearings Online

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All the new Commissioners (European Commission) will be heard by the Members of the European Parliament from 11th to 19th of January 2010, three hours each. That way, the final vote on the college of Commissioners takes place on 26th of January 2010. The videos of the hearings are available at The hearings website: […]

Secondary, but Still Important Players

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Although the Treaty of Lisbon increases the role of the national parliaments of the Member States, they are not to be at the heart of the EU, but remain secondary players instead. The following gives an overview of the (renewed) functions of a national parliament in the EU:   Article 12 TEU: National Parliaments contribute […]

Democracy – A Win-Win Situation?

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The EU bases on principles of democracy. One can find provisions on representative democracy, and participatory democracy in the constitutive treaties of the EU.  Since the provisions lie in the constitutive treaties, one can also talk of constitutional democracy here. There exist also other forms and sub-forms of democracy, such as – explained in one of the […]

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