Radu judgment: A lost opportunity and a story of how the mutual trust obsession shelved human rights

Ermioni Xanthopoulou PhD Candidate, King’s College London   On 29th January 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Radu case.[i] In this case the Court was asked to interpret the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant (FDEAW) through the prism of the Charter of Fundamental Right of the European Union (the Charter) and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). While this judgment was expected to open the door to a more human rights-enshrined interpretation of the…

What They Signed For – An Introduction to the Unified Patent Court

Justin Koo LLB, LLM PhD student, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London   Introducing the UPC According to the European Commission, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is one of the primary aspects of the ‘patent package’ that was given the go ahead by Member States and the European Parliament on the 11th December 2012. Included within this ‘patent package’ are two Regulations[1] that were adopted on the 17th December 2012. The next aspect comprises of the international Agreement[2] on a Unified Patent Court[3]…

Towards a Financial Transaction Tax: the Commission’s proposed Directive of February 14

Pierre-Antoine Klethi LLM Candidate, King’s College London   The issue of introducing a financial transaction tax (hereinafter – FTT) at the EU’s border came back in the frontline in the aftermath of the financial crisis, as an option to “moralise capitalism”. However, the idea appeared to be highly controversial, so that no agreement could foreseeably be reached on an EU-wide basis. As a result the process for enhanced cooperation in this area was launched. Following the request of eleven Member States – Austria, Belgium, Estonia,…

FEATURED: KCL’s International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2013

A featured event invite for a brilliant Graduate Research Conference organised by PhD students at King’s College London’s Dickson Poon School of Law   The seventh annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC) will be held on the 8-9 April 2013 at King’s College London, home of one of the top 25 law schools worldwide and located in the heart of London’s legal district. This two-day conference has a reputation for being a unique platform to meet other researchers and academics from across the world….

Case Comment: C-523/11 and C-585/11 Prinz and Seeberger – AG Sharpston strikes again

  Re-posted from the Eutopia Law Blog   Adrienne Yong PhD Candidate at King’s College London   Yet another chapter of the European citizenship saga sought clarification by AG Sharpston in the Prinz and Seeberger Opinion delivered last week on February 21, 2013. Concerning one of the most prevalent categories of citizens claiming rights under the Art 20 and 21 TFEU – students – Prinz and Seeberger discusses a classic situation that has pervaded the over 20 years of Union citizenship development. Effectively, AG Sharpston…

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