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Visas for Surrogates: Acknowledging Familial Bonds between Surrogates, Intended Parents, and Children

Visas for Surrogates: Acknowledging Familial Bonds between Surrogates, Intended Parents, and Children

Image Description: Surrogate parents attending the birth of the child in the hospital with the gestational mother. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought into focus the vulnerabilities of surrogates gestating...
Improving Working Conditions in the Gig Economy: The EU’s Proposed Platform Work Directive

Improving Working Conditions in the Gig Economy: The EU’s Proposed Platform Work Directive

On 8 December 2021, the European Commission published its long-awaited draft of a directive aiming to improve working conditions in the platform (or ‘gig’) economy. In this blog post, we...
Addressing the Gender Pay Gap Through Mandatory Reporting: A Comparison of British and Australian Legislation

Addressing the Gender Pay Gap Through Mandatory Reporting: A Comparison of British and Australian Legislation

Every country has a gender pay gap favouring men. This gap, which describes the difference in average wages between men and women, contributes to the economic insecurity of women and,...
Mental Autonomy and Technology: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Protecting Freedom of Thought and Opinion

Mental Autonomy and Technology: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Protecting Freedom of Thought and Opinion

There are growing concerns about the impact of technology on mental autonomy: our ability to make up our own minds free of undue influence, to keep our thoughts private and...
A Golden Passport to Crime and Corruption: European Values on Trial

A Golden Passport to Crime and Corruption: European Values on Trial

The Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus recently released a final report, just shy of 800 pages and drafted entirely in Greek, of an independent inquiry that was set...
Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Administrative Automated Decision-Making: What About the Right to an Effective Remedy?

Automated decision-making (‘ADM’) systems are algorithm decision-making tools, which issue either a partial or a full decision. While their use by national public administration is no new phenomenon, the European...
Which workers and which unions can claim protection under freedom of association? The EU-Korea FTA Panel Decision Part II

Which workers and which unions can claim protection under freedom of association? The EU-Korea FTA Panel Decision Part II

This blog continues analysis of the EU-Korea FTA Expert Panel Report, focussing on the significance of the findings regarding ‘Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to...
The Rule of Law in Poland and the European Arrest Warrant: A Blessing in Disguise?

The Rule of Law in Poland and the European Arrest Warrant: A Blessing in Disguise?

On 25 July 2018 the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled in Minister for Justice and Equality v LM that a judicial authority...
The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

Since the closure of the ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the asylum seekers and refugees that remain in Calais, Dunkirk and other areas along the Northern French coast in desperate and...
Paying Lip Service to the CJEU: The Unsurprising Decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania in the Coman Case

Paying Lip Service to the CJEU: The Unsurprising Decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania in the Coman Case

On June 5, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) held in Coman and Others that Member States should grant a right of residence to same–sex spouses of...
The Fate of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK Law After Brexit is Sealed

The Fate of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK Law After Brexit is Sealed

On Monday in the House of Lords, Lord Pannick withdrew his amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill retaining the EU Charter as part of the UK’s post-Brexit settlement. With this,...
Adrian Coman v. Romania: A Small Victory with Wasted Potential

Adrian Coman v. Romania: A Small Victory with Wasted Potential

On 5 June 2018, the CJEU released its much-anticipated judgment on Adrian Coman and Others v. Romania. This followed from Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion on 11 January 2018. In the...

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