The New European Consumer Agenda: improving consumer welfare through continued market integration

Robert Miklós Babirad J.D. Masters Diploma candidate in EU Law, King’s College London; Post Graduate Diploma in EU Law (Merit); Member of the New York Bar   The new European Consumer Agenda released on May 22, 2012 continues the Commission’s trend toward integrating the single market and increasing its efficacy, but from the perspective of the EU consumer.[i]  A new consumer policy strategy is offered by the Commission based upon four key goals, namely “reinforcing consumer safety; enhancing knowledge; stepping up enforcement and securing redress”[ii]…

Oliver Brüstle vs. Greenpeace: how to read the moral compass?

Bertrand Sautier LLM, King’s College London; Phd candidate in IP Law, EDSJ Grenoble  On the October 18th, 2011, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued a long-awaited judgment in the Oliver Brüstle vs Greenpeace[i] case. The Court had to answer several major questions concerning the patentability of stem cells and the definition of a human embryo[ii]. Based on morality grounds, the Court ruled that such invention was not patentable according to the EU Directive 98/44 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions (Biotechnology Directive)[iii]. This decision…

CJEU’s role in reducing discriminatory treatment: construing domestic law in tandem with EU law

Ishita Das 3rd year B.B.A (Hons.), LL.B. (Hons.), National Law University, Jodhpur   Abstract: The recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Commission v Austria (Austria Case) raises interesting substantive issues. It starkly illustrates the scope of conflict between domestic legislation and European Union (EU) law. The CJEU condemned Austria for resorting to unjustified restrictive measures of limiting the deductibility of donations for income tax purposes exclusively to donations made to research and teaching institutions established in Austria. Another…

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