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EUI Conference: ‘Challenges to EU Law and Governance in the Member States’, 8 June 2018

11/01/2018 – 5:05 pm |

* With thanks to Dr Clara Rauchegger and Dr Anna Wallerman, Max Weber Fellows, European University Institute.
The conference on ‘Challenges to EU Law and Governance in the Member States’ will be held on 8 June 2018 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Michal Bobek, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the EU, will deliver the keynote address.
The deadline for submitting an …

Upcoming Conference: Countering Terrorist Financing

10/01/2016 – 9:46 pm | Comments Off on Upcoming Conference: Countering Terrorist Financing

On Monday 8 February 2016 Chatham House will be holding a one day conference in London, titled Countering Terrorist Financing: Cross-border co-ordination on illicit financial flows.
Overview
As terrorist groups move towards more planned and organized models they need access to well-funded, diverse networks and, with the emergence of Islamic State, terrorist finance models are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated.
Technological progress and the proliferation of financial instruments are …

Ukraine-EU sign elements of association agreement

23/03/2014 – 9:06 am | Comments Off on Ukraine-EU sign elements of association agreement

Three days after the signing of the treaty for the annexation of Crimea by Russia, Ukraine seeks to strengthen its ties with the European Union.
More specifically, Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed elements of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on Friday, thus affirming the dissent with the previous administration. It was precisely the rejection of this agreement by former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich that sparked a …

Crimea Crisis: EU strengthens sanctions against Russia

21/03/2014 – 8:43 pm | Comments Off on Crimea Crisis: EU strengthens sanctions against Russia

Following President Putin’s endorsement of the bill annexing the Crimean peninsula, the European Union has decided to expand its already imposed sanctions on Russian officials.
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, two aides and nine others in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle are targeted by the new sanctions.
EU officials claim the sanctions imposed serve as a negotiation leverage and not as retaliation against Russia. More specifically, …

‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

17/04/2012 – 10:57 pm | Comments Off on ‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

With thanks to Tamara Takacs for bringing this to my attention!
‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’
Workshop organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Netherlands Defense Academy on 25 May 2012 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague.
The conference will bring together a group of academic and …

A Critique of 'Humanitarian' Interventionism in Libya

20/03/2011 – 11:33 pm | One Comment

Following the questions raised about the discharge of the responsibility to protect by Gentian Zyberi in his recent post on the situation in Libya, and the remarks I previously made on the situation in Egypt and the responsibility of the international community, I would like to draw our readers’ attention to a revealing and insightful analysis conducted by two UCLA scholars in an opinion article …

Update on the situation in Libya

12/03/2011 – 10:54 am | Comments Off on Update on the situation in Libya

On 28 February the EU imposed sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, implementing resolution 1970 (2011) adopted by the UN’s Security Council on 26 February and imposing additional EU measures. The sanctions include an embargo on arms, ammunition and equipment that could be used for the repression of protesters; an assets freeze; and a visa ban on Colonel Gaddafi, members of his family and other …

European Parliament approves SWIFT Agreement

09/07/2010 – 6:02 pm | 2 Comments

On Thursday 7 July 2010, the European Parliament approved the new SWIFT-Agreement on bank data transfers to the United States for counter-terrorist purposes (see the press release of the European Parliament). The Draft Agreement provides for mass bank data transfers upon request by the US authorities with a view to identifying suspected terrorists. It is important to note though that only financial transactions to non-EU …

Integration of the Balkan Countries in the European Union (EU) and the Sarajevo Summit: The Long Way Home!

02/06/2010 – 2:52 pm | Comments Off on Integration of the Balkan Countries in the European Union (EU) and the Sarajevo Summit: The Long Way Home!

Representatives of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, the EU’s foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton, representatives of a number of EU countries, the US, Russia and Turkey are meeting today in a high-level summit in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The main topic of discussions is the future of the integration of the Balkan countries into the EU. Of these countries only Slovenia has joined the EU, …

The Kosovo Issue: What Should Kosovo and Serbia Discuss?

25/05/2010 – 10:15 am | One Comment

The dispute between Serbia and Kosovo is among the most complex and yet to be resolved political issues in Europe. Kosovo, an independent country for over two years, is formally recognized by 69 UN countries, which include 22 of the 27 EU countries and all of its neighbors. It joined the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on 29 June 2009. Around 100 countries …

The Demise of Europe?

27/01/2010 – 7:57 am | One Comment

In today’s Wall Street Journal Marcus Walker speculates that the admission of Turkey to the EU may be the only possibility left if Europe is to maintain its standing as an important international actor. The article somewhat echoes another article in this week’s Economist noting the need for the EU to become more realistic in its dealings with e.g. China. One probably shouldn’t get one’s …

ECJ Elgafaji judgment and the 'exceptional objectivity' test for refugee protection

21/02/2009 – 12:04 pm | Comments Off on ECJ Elgafaji judgment and the 'exceptional objectivity' test for refugee protection

Having only recently considered the normative importance and weight of the provision in Article 15(c) of the European Refugee Qualification Directive (mentioned here and here), the following is a timely and, to a certain extent, also welcomed judicial instance.
On 17 January the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice rendered its preliminary ruling in the case of  C-465/07 Elgafaji v Saatssecreteris van Justitie, concerning …

Kosovo a Year on

17/02/2009 – 3:56 pm | Comments Off on Kosovo a Year on

Today marks the one year anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia. In many ways, the first year has been a mix of fortunes and misfortunes. Most importantly, Kosovo has largely remained peaceful despite initial warnings that the declaration of independence would lead to unrest and further fighting in the area. Kosovo’s politicians, its population and its neighbouring countries deserve credit for this. On the …

UK Home Office Guidance Note on Israel, Gaza and West Bank and European asylum policy

14/02/2009 – 9:48 pm | Comments Off on UK Home Office Guidance Note on Israel, Gaza and West Bank and European asylum policy

The UK Home Office has issued a February 2009 Operational Guidance Note on Israel, Gaza and the West Bank setting out the main types of asylum claim, human rights claim and Humanitarian Protection claim (whether explicit or implied) that are expected to be submitted on behalf of individuals arriving to the UK from the region. A number of interesting submissions are included in the report, …

EU Council removes Iranian organisation from terror list after EU Court judgment

28/01/2009 – 8:08 pm | Comments Off on EU Council removes Iranian organisation from terror list after EU Court judgment

After a battle of several year the Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (“PMOI”) has succeeded in getting its name off the EU’s black list of terrorist organisations. As EUobserver reported on Tuesday, the EU Foreign Ministers agreed to remove the name of the organization from the list due to a lack of evidence of PMOI being involved in terrorist activities. As a consequence, …

Human Rights a Mistake

11/12/2008 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off on Human Rights a Mistake

Well perhaps not quite, but according to the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner insisting on the creation of a post of Secretary of State for Human Rights, when he was sworn in by President Sarkozy in 2007, was a mistake. Kouchner, who is a long-time player on the international scene having helped founding Médecins Sans Frontières, yesterday told the French paper Le Parisien that an …

A tragedy in the making: EU profits and the Gaza Strip faces an intensifying humanitarian crisis

10/12/2008 – 9:19 pm | Comments Off on A tragedy in the making: EU profits and the Gaza Strip faces an intensifying humanitarian crisis

On the one hand, business is going as usual, the European Union is going through the required procedures and working groups in order to arrive at the most mutually profitably arrangement for the upgrading of its bi-lateral trade (plus) relations with Israel. The European Union’s 27 foreign ministers unanimously approved upgrading relations with Israel on Monday, with France’s Kouchner at the lead, despite all efforts …

EU court annuls counter-terrorist measure of the European Union

07/12/2008 – 6:42 pm | Comments Off on EU court annuls counter-terrorist measure of the European Union

On 4 December the Court of First Instance delivered its judgment in the matter People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (“PMOI”) v Council of the European Union (Case T‑284/08), where it declares one of the EU’s key instruments for the “fight against terrorism” partly unlawful.
This case concerns Council Decision 2008/583/EC of 15 July 2008 which implements Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures directed against certain …