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Citizen’s Initiative

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I have always tried to think of others as complementary (the Other as  myself, which means that I have always tried to understand the Other), rather than oppose the Other (although life has taught me that if I help furthering the Other’s aims, it does not usually mean furtherance of my own aims, and disappearance of the conflict […]

Introduction to Critical Legal Theory

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With the aim to get better picture of modernism and postmodernism, I am reading I, Ward, „Introduction to Critical Legal Theory“. Cavendish Publishing, 2004, which book talks about development of legal thought from modernity to postmodernism. The book talks of development of the society as a network of relations that are nothing other than their communicative content, and discusses, whether […]

On sui generis Constructions (The Rise and Autonomy of the Social)

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As an attempt to (re)socialize, I decided to visit a Christmas Church today. I thought of going to the Tallinn Jaani Church, where I used to go in 1990s. I was thinking that if I were a priest and would call people to the church in the Christmas Eve, I would carefully think of what […]

An Example of Individual Involvement in Broader Policy-making

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Reading Grahnlaw, I found the last electronic number (56/2009/4) of the Single Market News.   The number inter alia introduces the European Business Test Panel (EBTP), the aim of which Panel is to provide the European Commission with direct feedback from undertakings on Commission legislative proposals or initiatives likely to have an impact on businesses. That […]

The World’s First “Internet Freedom Provision” in EU Law for Electronic Communications Networks and Services

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Its this year’s last Plenary Session opened on 14th December 2010, the European Parliament adopted the revised EU telecoms framework directive at the third and final reading by 510 votes to 40, with 24 abstentions, at its plenary session from 23rd to 26th November 2009. The new rules in the revised EU telecoms framework directive […]

Human Rights Day

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It was the Human Rights Day today – The 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the same time, it was somehow sad not to find much related events this year. I found a link to the Human Rights Day 2009 at the United Nations website at http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2009 – referring to a special event that […]

The New Rules of Procedure of the European Council – Updated

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I just found that with its decision of 1st December 2009, the European Council adopted its Rules of Procedure, having as a deriving point that the Treaty of Lisbon transforms the European Council into an institution of the European Union.   The LINK: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:315:0051:0055:EN:PDF  I am reading the Rules and thereafter try to reflect upon them. […]

The Treaty of Lisbon and the Changes to the Organization and Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU

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The Treaty of Lisbon entered into force and I began updating my study materials. Doing this, I found the Press Release No.104/09 about the changes that the Treaty of Lisbon makes to the organization and jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU. According to that document, the EU courts are now known as the Court of […]

The International Normative Order and Tartu

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One can read at http://www.esil-sedi.eu that the 4th ESIL Research Forum “International Law and Power Politics: Great Powers, Peripheries and Claims to Spheres of Influence in the International Normative Order” will be held in Tartu, Estonia, on 27-28 May 2011. And that the Call for Papers will be circulated in September 2010 during the Cambridge […]

A Judgment against Global Consciousness?

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The 3rd November 2009 goes to history also because, the ECtHR solved the case Lautsi vs. Italy. What was the case about? – The ECtHR ruled that the display of the crucifix in an Italian State school was contrary to parents’ right to educate their children in line with their convictions and to childrens’ right […]

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