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The Broken Dance

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Today (28th October), I am giving two lectures on Establishment (legal and case law developments) to lawyers at the National Library. During the first lecture, I have planned to give a general overview of the concept of establishment, its legislative basis and case law developments up to the case C‑531/06, Commission v. Italy, and joined […]

Civil Participation in Decision-Making

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  The 1068th meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers’ Deputies on 20 and 21 October 2009 adopted a Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process calling on governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities in the member states to take due account […]

Teaching For Quality Learning at University

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I participated in the fist lectures of the course „Problem-Based Learning in University“, given by Einike Pilli at the University of Tartu, today. It was real fun to participate as a receiver in a learning process over a long time. What is problem-based learning (PBL)? J. S. Savery defines PBL as „An instructional (and curricular) learner-cantered approach […]

Is High Speed Internet Connection a Right or Human Right?

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States have not or have differently regulated the right to Internet access. The Christian Science Monitor at http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0701/p07s01-woeu.html states about Estonia that the State has made Internet access a human right. Wikipedia writes that also France, Greece and Finland have made Internet access a human right. While also the United Nations supports making Internet Access […]

The Role of Judges in Shaping International Law

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While the election procedure to the European Court of Human Rights still open, the composition of the European Court of Justice has changed.   A summary of the new appointments and reappointments at the ECJ until 6 October 2015: The Judges: Mr Vassilios Skouris (now re-elected president), Mr Allan Rosas, Mr Koen Lenaerts, Mr Marko […]

The European Dimension of Local Democracy

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The European Week of Local Democracy started on Monday 12 October. ● What is the European Week of Local Democracy (EWLD)? – This is a new annual European event, where national and local events are organized concurrently. ● What is the aim of such week? – One may read at the ELDW website that the […]

Draft Articles on Responsibility of International Organizations

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The International Law Commission has just made electronically available the Report on the work of its sixty-first session that took place from 4 May to 5 June and from 6 July to 7 August 2009. The Report generally discusses the responsibility of international organizations, including the text of the Draft Articles on Responsibility of International […]

European Day against the Death Penalty

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10 October is the European Day against the death penalty – Europe being the only region in the world today, where the death penalty is no longer applied. You may read about the Day at http://www.coe.int/t/dc/files/themes/peine_de_mort/default_en.asp Laurent Pech, Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law, and William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights Law, at the […]

Increased Capacity to Decide on Admissibility and Merits of Applications

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All my attention on the developments concerning the Treaty of Lisbon, I am now commenting the entry into force of Protocol No.14 bis to the European Convention on Human Rights on 1 October. Protocol No.14 bis introduces two procedures aimed at increasing the capacity of the judges of the European Court of Human Rights processing applications. […]

European Week of Regions and Cities Ahead

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European Week of Regions and Cities takes place from 5 to 8 October 2009 at Brussels. The programme and themes are available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2009/index.cfm Yesterday I read four lectures on fundamentals of law to the Political Governance students of the Tallinn University at Rakvere. The lectures took place in a cosy lecture room at the […]

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