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Happy Halloween!

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You see a grin. The next moment it’s gone. Did the grin ever be there? Why was it there? How to understand the grin? How to measure it in order to understand it? Questions of that kind are difficult to answer in the absence of, for example, binding criteria for scientific choice, write Peter Machamer and […]

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. […]

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