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Solidarity Not Separation: The Case for Continued Interaction Between UK and EU Law to Further Equal Rights

Solidarity Not Separation: The Case for Continued Interaction Between UK and EU Law to Further Equal Rights

Employment Minister Priti Patel recently likened women campaigning to leave the EU to the Suffragettes. “Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette movement did not fight for the right to vote to...
A New Regime for Data Protection in Europe

A New Regime for Data Protection in Europe

Almost four years after its initial proposal in January 2012, the finalised text of the General Data Protection Regulation (the Regulation) was agreed in December 2015. It is anticipated to...
EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations

EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations

In October 2015, the Council of Ministers of Development adopted the Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2016-2020 of the European Union (EU). The GAP is based on a Staff Working Document...
Our Primordial Attachments- The Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity and New Strategies in Language Rights in Europe

Our Primordial Attachments- The Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity and New Strategies in Language Rights in Europe

The European Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity, drafted by the Network for Promotion of Linguistic Diversity, is set to be launched on the 16th October 2015, with its implementation beginning in...
Your Facebook Data Just Got a Lot More Secure- Dissecting the Safe Harbor Decision of the CJEU

Your Facebook Data Just Got a Lot More Secure- Dissecting the Safe Harbor Decision of the CJEU

For fifteen years companies on both sides of the Atlantic relied on Commission Decision 2000/520 (“Commission Decision”) to transfer personal data of EU citizens to USA data centres, until the...
Has the Council of the EU’s Decision on Relocation of Refugees Given Adequate Effect to the Commission’s Proposals?

Has the Council of the EU’s Decision on Relocation of Refugees Given Adequate Effect to the Commission’s Proposals?

My previous post analysed some of the immediate and long-term responses to the escalating refugee crisis in Europe proposed by the EU Commission in its State of the Union Address....
Hungary’s Actions: Past the Borderline of International Law

Hungary’s Actions: Past the Borderline of International Law

As the European refugee ‘crisis’ worsens, the Hungarian government is resorting to more extreme border control measures that test the parameters of international law. The Guardian reported last week that...
Are the EU Commission’s Latest Proposals Sufficient to Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Are the EU Commission’s Latest Proposals Sufficient to Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Both the ‘European family’ and the ‘European fabric’ has laid itself bare in the face of an apparently uncontainable refugee crisis in the heart of Europe. Amidst an atmosphere that...
The European Union’s Search for Unity as the Refugee Crisis Continues

The European Union’s Search for Unity as the Refugee Crisis Continues

Ongoing violence and war in the countries of the Middle East and Africa has led thousands of refugees to leave their homelands in desperate hope of finding a new land...
Legal Obstacles to an 'Australian solution' for Migrants in the Mediterranean

Legal Obstacles to an 'Australian solution' for Migrants in the Mediterranean

Unconvincing EU commitment over the past month and increased number of migrants sparked a far–right round of calls in Europe for drastic action to tackle the massive influx of migrants...
New EU Human Rights and Democracy Action Plan – What Changes Does it Bring?

New EU Human Rights and Democracy Action Plan – What Changes Does it Bring?

The European Commission and the European External Action Service adopted on 28 April 2015 a new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2015-2019. It builds on the experience...
Saving Lives in the Mediterranean: One More Missed Opportunity

Saving Lives in the Mediterranean: One More Missed Opportunity

“The European Union cannot accept that thousands of people die at its borders”. These were the words of the President of the European Commission in Lampedusa, in October 2013. On...

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