The Charter of Fundamental Rights: the ‘Bible’ of EU citizens’ rights or a voice crying in the wilderness?

Mehmed Yuseinov LLB Law and European Studies graduate from the University of Portsmouth   Over the last two decades it has been demonstrated in a number of initiatives that human rights issues continue to be central within EU law and policy-making because of the Union’s determination to establish its credentials as an international human rights supporter. However, until the introduction of the Lisbon amendments, the protection of fundamental rights was limited. The Lisbon Treaty provided a new “façade” to the existing fundamental rights regime by…

UKAEL Annual Lecture 2012 – Proportionality: the way ahead?

Adrienne Yong LL.B (Hons), Dunelm; LL.M (Hons), Lond.
 PhD Candidate, the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London   Under our humble repertoire at King’s College London we boast the high profile UK Association of European Law (UKAEL). This year we were honoured to have Rt. Hon Lady Justice Arden join us on Monday, November 12 to speak about a highly relevant and wide-reaching European topic: proportionality. As one of the most controversial and powerful principles covering all aspects of EU law, Lady Arden described it…

When your neighbour is your enemy, what happens to European integration? Case C 364/10 Hungary v Slovak Republic [2012]

Egle Dagilyte LLB, LLM, GCAP PhD candidate at King’s College London and Senior Lecturer in Law at Bucks New University   In the judgment, delivered on 16 October 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had to resolve a conflict between two Member States that joined the Union in 2004. What happened? In this case, Hungary claimed that Slovakia infringed free movement of persons (in particular, Article 21(1) TFEU and the Citizenship Directive 2004/38) by not allowing Mr Sólyom, the Hungarian President, to enter its…

Are European elections truly European?

Nikolay Domanov LLM, MA in International Relations, Sofia University; Post-Graduate Diploma candidate in EU Competition Law, King’s College London One of the main criticisms against the European Union (EU) is related to its democratic legitimacy. This is the reason why the Treaty of Lisbon[i] introduced many new instruments aimed at lowering the democratic deficit in the EU, such as the ordinary legislative procedure[ii], the European citizens’ initiative[iii], the European political parties[iv], etc. Nevertheless, the only European institution comprised of directly elected members remains the European Parliament…

Case Comment: C-40/11, Yoshikazu Iida [2012] – keeping father and daughter apart?

Adrienne Yong LL.B (Hons), Dunelm; LL.M (Hons), Lond.
 PhD Candidate, the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London 8 November 2012 saw the judgment of an interesting case in the line of development of Union citizenship. Many cases in this area have been made relevant and indeed, been eagerly anticipated by scholars following the seminal C-34/09 Ruiz Zambrano case exactly 1 year and 8 months ago. The principles laid out in that case established an autonomous role for Article 21 TFEU, which sets out the right to free…

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