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Ralf Grahn refers in his blog to the UK House of Commons Library Note: The European Union: a guide to terminology, procedures and sources (Standard Note SN/IA/3689; last updated 24 March 2010; 14 pages; authors Vaughne Miller and Emma Clark): In addition to answering the questions, EC or EU law? Treaty of Rome or […]

A Kind of a New Beginning – A New Course on EU Law

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Despite of all, the course “EU Law” begins today at the Tallinn University, stimulating the basic concepts and developments in the English language. Due to the Lisbon reform, there are only two main “textbooks” for the course, in addition to the TFEU and TEU: ● Craig, Paul; De Búrca, Gráinne. EU Law. Text, Cases and Materials. […]

On Ensurance of Fair Trial Rights, Negotiation Directives, and Next Steps on Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

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On 9th March 2010, the European Commission proposed legislation that hopefully helps people exercise their fair trial rights anywhere in the EU when they cannot understand the language of the case: On 17th March 2010, the European Commission proposed negotiation directives for the EU’s accession to the ECHR: On 18th March 2010, Viviane […]

The ECtHR on Conditions in Deportation Centre

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I did recently translate the decision of the ECtHR as to the admissibility of application No. 14160/08 by Sergey Dolinskiy against Estonia, into the Estonian language. This is about a refused request for a residence permit and the subsequent detainment in the Harku deportation centre. The ECtHR refers to another decision in application No. 10664/05 […]

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On Interparliamentary Relations

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To create some more order, here are some links to parliaments and their relations in Europe: Interparliamentary websites: COSAC ECPRD – The European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation Council of Europe IPU: Inter-Parliamentary Union ASGP: Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments EP Relations with National Parliaments   Exchanging information among parliaments: IPEX – Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange;jsessionid=86722EDF4D8F90ED0FF1CB8769797C0D Database […]

EU Legislative Databases

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To create some order, here is a list of EU legislative databases: EUR-Lex: The portal to European Union law OEIL: The Legislative Observatory (European Parliament) PreLex: Monitoring of the decision-making process (European Commission) N-Lex: A common getaway to national law Committee of Regions: Subsidiarity Monitoring Network TOAD: Committee of Regions Database of EU Documents Council Register Information sources and contacts: Databases in […]

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On WTO-related Academic Governance

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I am not fully competent to estimate, whether Estonia could have benefited by participation in the particular programme introduced followingly, but it is obvious that the research involving categories of economics (included dissertations on EU competition law, two of which  I have supervised in the University of Tartu that mostly have reflected the facts, case-law, and the Estonian State […]

On the Role of Scholars and European Company Law

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Estonian national values. Source: The Estonian National Library’s souvenir shop

I have revived the new semester’s kick off, and had time to think of the role of practitioners and academicians, in connection with my previous posting, and previously worded thoughts about participation of academicians in the events organized by EIPA, ERA, etc. that are primarily directed towards the practising lawyers. On one hand – it is […]

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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 […]

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