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Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t: Reflections on Brexit and Grexit

Lorenzo Zucca

Greece might leave the Euro zone, the UK might leave the European Union, Scotland might leave the UK. The naif belief that the market will fix inequality and take care of political unity will have to face reality: Equality and solidarity are not provided by the market, nor are they to be expected without governing institutions. Either there is a clear vision that binds together countries by providing safety nets and solidarity. Or the union will break apart. Weiterlesen

377 Lorenzo Zucca

Legal implications of human rights reform in the UK

Tobias Lock

The return of a majority Conservative government in last week’s general election in the UK has made the Conservative Party’s plans for reforming human rights law in the United Kingdom a likely prospect. It is recalled that on 3 October 2014, the Conservative Party published its policy document ‘Protecting Human Rights in the UK’ which sets out its proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. In addition, the policy document also raised the prospect that the UK might withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). But none of that is as easy as it sounds. Weiterlesen

288 Tobias Lock

“Brexit/Scot-in”: could a non-independent Scotland stay in the European Union in case of a Brexit?

Sébastien Platon

If the UK will leave the European Union after a Brexit referendum in 2017, Scotland will either have to secede or, unwillingly, leave the EU along with the rest of the Kingdom. Or so goes conventional wisdom. Is the prospect of a non-independent Scotland remaining part of the EU while the UK leaves really totally inconceivable? Not entirely. Weiterlesen

364 Sébastien Platon

Vielleicht ist ein Brexit-Referendum gar nicht das Schlechteste

Maximilian Steinbeis

Die Engländer_, Schott_, Waliser_ und Nordir_innen haben gewählt, und es ist Gewissheit: In zweieinhalb Jahren wird es ein Referendum über die Mitgliedschaft des Vereinigten Königreichs in der Europäischen Union geben. It's In or Out. Und das finde ich jetzt, wo das geklärt ist, gar nicht unbedingt so übel. Ist dies vielleicht nicht sogar eine einmalige Gelegenheit, eine Reihe von Vertragsänderungen durchzuführen, die wir für die Bewältigung der immer noch ungelösten Probleme der Währungsunion dringend brauchen? Weiterlesen

363 Maximilian Steinbeis

The UK’s general election: a fundamental change to UK/EU relations?

Steve Peers

The result of the current British election campaign could be crucial for the future of the UK’s relations with the European Union. Every UK-wide election party which is likely to win seats in the election has now released its election manifesto, namely: the Conservatives;Labour; Liberal Democrats; UKIP; and the Greens. It’s therefore a good time to examine what the parties are saying about the EU, and what the various post-election scenarios would mean for the UK’s relations with the EU. Weiterlesen

360 Steve Peers

Prinz Charles macht sich um das britische Verfassungsrecht verdient …

Maximilian Steinbeis

... wenn auch eher mittelbar. In seinem heutigen Urteil "Evans", in dem es um die Veröffentlichung von Briefen des Prinzen an Minister der Regierung geht, zimmert der UK Supreme Court eine prekäre Balance zwischen den Verfassungsprinzipien der Rechtsstaatlichkeit und der Parlamentssouveränität. Weiterlesen

363 Maximilian Steinbeis

A referendum on Britain’s EU membership is a sure fire way to encourage the breakup of the UK

Jo Eric Khushal Murkens

David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership if his Conservative party wins a majority at the British general election in May. Jo Murkens writes on the impact an EU referendum would have on the UK’s place in Europe and on the UK as a whole. He argues that the EU referendum debate highlights the extent to which the UK has failed to contribute to the EU’s political goals in key areas like the Ukraine crisis, and that the net effect of the referendum could be to weaken the unity of the United Kingdom itself. Weiterlesen

246 Jo Eric Khushal Murkens

A Tale of Two States: Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism

Giovanna De Minico

As a reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in France, several EU member states as well as the EU itself have announced significant anti-terrorism measures. To fear, which is the first result of terrorism, the state has to respond with the wisdom of a legislator, which should not act under the pressure of understandable emotional feelings. The State of Terror wants to spread chilling fear and make people feel alone and without protection by the State of Law. The State of Law should respond by educating its community to the values of legality, tolerance and solidarity. Its duty, in times of fear, is an ethical rather than a police one; it has to make the people leave their isolation and facilitate their social and political inclusion. This action requires concrete actions by political decision-makers. Weiterlesen

332 Giovanna De Minico
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The UK’s Potential Withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights – Just a Flash in the Pan or a Real Threat?

Jannika Jahn

The ruling Conservative party of Prime Minister David Cameron published a paper this year, called “Protecting Human Rights in the UK”. The party suggests to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), which incorporates the ECHR into UK law, with a “home-grown” bill of rights. The aim is to attribute the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) only an advisory role vis-à-vis the UK parliament and to weaken the quasi precedential effect of ECtHR case-law vis-à-vis the UK Supreme Court. In case this will not be accepted by the Council of Europe (CoE), the Conservatives propose withdrawing from the Convention. mehr

321 Jannika Jahn

Torture, Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Donal Coffey

At what point does harsh treatment of detainees amount to torture? With the US Senate report on CIA interrogation practices dominating all the headlines, this question is very much on our minds right now. That the European Court of Human Rights will have to consider this question, is a mere coincidence, though. The Irish Government has decided to reopen a decades old case from the darkest days of the Northern Ireland conflict (Ireland v United Kingdom). The case will raise once again the ugly spectre of the systematic abuse of prisoners in Northern Ireland. Moreover, the litigation has the potential to have far-reaching effects in the relationship between the European Court and the United Kingdom, and in the constitutional settlement within the United Kingdom itself. Weiterlesen

300 Donal Coffey