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The Cat is on the Roof – Is It?

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  Setting aside the logical predictability models – What is it that influences our decisionmaking? – Is it our historical and cultural background? Pictures and images in newspapers, at Websites, elsewhere? The people we communicate with? Or the music we hear? All of those? Something else? How much is pure empirical evidence part of even […]

How to Teach EU Law in the Condition of Changes?

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Source: Cambridge University Press Catalogue

Must figure it out reading a book. I am back later to comment on the book. FOLLOW – Damian Chalmers, Giorgio Monti. European Union Law. Updating Supplement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.  As promised in the Preface, the book (actually the book supplement) gives useful comprehensive overview about the recent EU law developments.  The authors of […]

E-“Travaux Préparatoires” of the European Convention on Human Rights

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Blogging can really be of help! Yesterday I accidentally found the ECHR BLOG and the link to the electronic “Travaux Préparatoires” of the European Convention on Human Rights at http://www.echr.coe.int/Library/COLENTravauxprep.html (at the Library of the European Court of Human Rights (I visited the Library shortly in 2006, when I attended the IIDH (International Institute of Human Rights) 37th Annual […]

Book Presentation. Conferral of Powers by States as a Basis of International Obligation. A Comparative Study on Powers of International Organisations, by Jaanika Erne

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The World has a new book – Jaanika Erne, Conferral of Powers by States as a Basis of International Obligation. A Comparative Study on Powers of International Organisations. Köln: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009. From one side, I am happy. But from the other side, I hope that this was right thing to do. I hate […]

Andrew T. Guzman. How International Law Works: A Rational Choice Theory – Not Solely About the Medellin Case

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The autumn-term is already there, and I have hardly managed to finish Andrew Guzman’s book “How International Law Works” (OUP, 2008). As I start reading a general course on international law this term, I judged by the heading that this book – a relatively new one – could be useful for the course. Regarding the […]

The Rule of Law after Lisbon

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In the Treaty on European Union:   Preamble: „DRAWING INSPIRATION from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law” […] “CONFIRMING their attachment to the principles of liberty, democracy and […]

Would You Define the Rule of Law for the EU? How?

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When I visited the Blog of the European Journal of International Law, I was reminded of the 60th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions.  One reason why I visited the EJIL website was to thoroughly read the Jean Monnet Working Paper 04/09 by Laurent Pech, „The Rule of Law as a Constitutional Principle of the […]

Codified and Uncodified Constitutions and Constitutional Treaties

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Assuming that unwritten means not codified at all and codified means written, although not in one, but different documents, it seems correct to say that Estonia has a codified Constitution, and that the United Kingdom has uncodified Constitution.   Different understandings of constitutions made me think that different states may understand differently also the theories of […]

University of Tartu – European University

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A comment I received today made me think that people may understand things funnily (not the specific commentator). – The day before yesterday I put up a video introducing a German school. Since the video only brings up the dark sides of the school, people usually start asking questions and expect to get to know […]

Fostering Freedom of Expression and Combating Bureaucracy

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My sister’s husband, Andreas, is a teacher. He and his colleague recently finished a video introducing their school (actually a film about their school): Im Trüben gefischt: My sister Kristina is a teacher, too. The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) composed by UNESCO distinguishes between different levels, groups and fields of education: Level 0 – […]

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