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Der grausamste Schnitt von allen? Der EGMR weigert sich, in Sachen Schächten einzuschreiten

Der grausamste Schnitt von allen? Der EGMR weigert sich, in Sachen Schächten einzuschreiten

Sowohl vor dem Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union (EuGH) als auch vor dem Belgischen Verfassungsgerichtshof kämpften ein Bündnis muslimischer und jüdischer Gruppen sowie Einzelpersonen gegen regionale belgische Vorschriften zum Verbot des...
De wreedste kap van ze allemaal: het EHRM weigert zich te buigen over onverdoofd slachten in religieuze context

De wreedste kap van ze allemaal: het EHRM weigert zich te buigen over onverdoofd slachten in religieuze context

Na vergeefse pogingen voor het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie (HvJ-EU) en het Belgisch Grondwettelijk Hof, was er voor de coalitie van joodse groepen en moslimgroepen voor het...
Le coup le plus cruel de tous? La CEDH refuse d’intervenir sur l’abattage rituel

Le coup le plus cruel de tous? La CEDH refuse d’intervenir sur l’abattage rituel

Devant la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne (CJUE) et la Cour constitutionnelle belge, une coalition de groupes et d’individus musulmans et juifs ont lutté contre des réglementations régionales belges...
The Unkindest Cut of All? The ECtHR Declines to Intervene on Religious Slaughter

The Unkindest Cut of All? The ECtHR Declines to Intervene on Religious Slaughter

Both before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the Belgian Constitutional Court, a coalition of Muslim and Jewish groups and individuals have fought Belgian regional regulations...
Tide Turning on Australia’s Inadequate Climate Policy? A Challenge from First Nations Peoples in the Torres Strait

Tide Turning on Australia’s Inadequate Climate Policy? A Challenge from First Nations Peoples in the Torres Strait

The low-lying islands of Zendath Kes (Torres Strait) are the frontlines of the climate crisis. Without action, climate change will soon make these islands uninhabitable, rendering First Nations Guda Maluyligal...
La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

La Belgique criminalise l’écocide: une (imparfaite) première européenne

Le 22 février 2024, la Belgique a marqué l’histoire en adoptant un nouveau code pénal criminalisant l’écocide dans son droit interne. Il s’agit de la première fois qu’une telle interdiction...
Belgium Recognises the Crime of Ecocide: A (Lukewarm) European First

Belgium Recognises the Crime of Ecocide: A (Lukewarm) European First

On 22 February 2024, Belgium made history by adopting a new penal code that criminalises ‘ecocide’ at the national level. This marks the first time that such a domestic prohibition...
Religious Discrimination, Headscarves and ‘exclusive neutrality’: backsliding by the CJEU

Religious Discrimination, Headscarves and ‘exclusive neutrality’: backsliding by the CJEU

In OP v Commune d’Ans the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) returned to religious discrimination and headscarves, this time in the public sector workplace. Although the CJEU...
Bad blood? Belgian Constitutional Court rules on gay and bisexual blood ban

Bad blood? Belgian Constitutional Court rules on gay and bisexual blood ban

In September 2019, the Belgian Constitutional Court (‘BCC’) reviewed the constitutionality of a law setting up a 12-month blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM)....
Direct or Indirect Discrimination: Same Difference?

Direct or Indirect Discrimination: Same Difference?

Should a finding of indirect discrimination be sanctioned in the same way as a finding of direct discrimination? A recent case confronted the Belgian Constitutional Court with precisely this question....
Antwerp Court muddies the waters: Belgian Burkini Ban Justified

Antwerp Court muddies the waters: Belgian Burkini Ban Justified

On 18 December 2018, the Antwerp court of first instance held that the burkini ban in the Antwerp Police Regulations does not constitute discrimination based on religion. As opposed to...
The Belgian Burkini Ban, Dead in the Water?

The Belgian Burkini Ban, Dead in the Water?

On the 5th of July, the Ghent court of first instance held a ban on burkinis in two public swimming pools to constitute discrimination. In both these cases Muslim women...

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