Conference: The European Union as an Actor in International Economic Law
Source: International Law Reporter
On October 1-2, 2015, the Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) of the T.M.C. Asser Institute will hold a conference on “The European Union as an Actor in International Economic Law,” in Luxembourg. The program is here. Here’s the idea:
Bringing together international lawyers and EU external relations lawyers, the conference will discuss recent developments concerning EU external action in the field of international economic law, concentrating, on a number of important issues raised by recent practice and case law whose resolution does not appear to be in the offing.
Attention will be paid, firstly, to the division of competence between the EU and the Member States in the field of international economic relations, which remains unclear. Whereas the European Commission advocates a comprehensive, all-encompassing competence under the common commercial policy provision (Art. 207 TFEU), the Member States and the Council claim that comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) fall within shared competence and ought to be concluded in the form of mixed agreements.
Next, the highly controversial issue of the inclusion of dispute settlement mechanisms in such agreements will be examined. The EU, along with its Member States, is already party to one agreement including investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), namely the Energy Charter Treaty. It is unclear, however, to what extent ISDS is compatible with EU law and with the principle of autonomy in particular.
Finally, the conference will discuss issues concerning the distribution of international responsibility between the EU and its Member States, as well as the relation between FTAs and the regulatory powers of the Member States in sensitive fields such as environmental protection, public health and labour law
New Issue: Journal of Human Rights
Source: International Law Reporter
The latest issue of the Journal of Human Rights (Vol. 14, no. 3, 2015) is out. Contents include:
• David L. Richards, Alyssa Webb & K. Chad Clay, Respect for Physical-Integrity Rights in the Twenty-First Century: Evaluating Poe and Tate’s Model 20 Years Later
• Alicia Ely Yamin & Fiona Lander, Implementing a Circle of Accountability: A Proposed Framework for Judiciaries and Other Actors in Enforcing Health-Related Rights
• Frédéric Krumbein, P. C. Chang—The Chinese Father of Human Rights
• Madeline Baer, From Water Wars to Water Rights: Implementing the Human Right to Water in Bolivia
• Elisabeth C. Bremer & Matthew Krain, The Effects of Human Rights on the Success of Microcredit Lending Institutions
• Lisa Meierotto, Human Rights in the Context of Environmental Conservation on the US-Mexico Border
• Andries De Smet, Jo Dirix, Lisa Diependaele & Sigrid Sterckx, Globalization and Responsibility for Human Rights.
Source: Council of Europe
The comments and implementation examples contained in the CEPEJ SATURN guidelines for judicial time management evolving in parallel with court practices in the Council of Europe member States, the CEPEJ Secretariat renews its call for comments by its members and representatives of pilot courts. The comments, additions or modifications can be done at any moment by contacting the Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management – comments and implementation examples