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On the road to multiple nationality?

Anuscheh Farahat

The German government was very close to making an important step to finally dispose of the outdated understanding of nationality as a reward for integration in favour of a modern and inclusive regulation of citizenship. With the current proposal, the coalition holds on to the highly symbolic link between proven integration and acquisition of nationality instead of using full membership as a tool to empower and thereby include children of immigrants at the earliest possible moment. Continue reading

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 Focus  A Critical View on Investment Protection in TTIP

Investor-state dispute settlement – Pulling the chain tighter

Steffen Hindelang

Since the 1970s, almost any bilateral and regional investment treaty has provided for investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS”). Based on these agreements, foreign investors can commence international arbitration against their host states, claiming administrative, regulatory, or judicial measures are in violation of substantive investment protection standards. At a global level rising numbers of investor-state disputes and newly signed investment agreements suggest the continuous importance and attractiveness of this dispute settlement mechanism. Yet, we also see contestations. A few countries did not renew or even terminated existing investment instruments. Others have withdrawn from the ICSID-Convention. What does this mean for the European Union? Simply carrying on appears no sustainable option anymore. Continue reading

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 Focus  A Critical View on Investment Protection in TTIP

(Deutsch) Neujustierung der Balance von Investorenschutz und „right to regulate“

Hans-Georg Dederer

(Deutsch) Am 27. März 2014 hat die Europäische Kommission eine Online-Konsultation zum Kapitel über den Investitionsschutz in der Transatlantischen Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft (TTIP) eröffnet. Das ist angesichts der zu diesem Thema in Medien, Politik und Öffentlichkeit weit verbreiteten „Missverständnisse [..] und sogar Falschdarstellungen“ uneingeschränkt zu begrüßen. Zugleich kontert das mit der Online-Konsultation gewährleistete hohe Maß an Transparenz den (schon immer) unzutreffenden Vorwurf angeblicher Geheimdiplomatie der Kommission. Continue reading

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 Focus  The Animal Turn and the Law

(Deutsch) Wie “Habeas Corpus” die Speziesgrenze transzendieren könnte

Eberhart Theuer

(Deutsch) Ist „Person“ eine abgeschlossene rechtliche Kategorie, die außer dem Homo sapiens keiner weiteren Spezies mehr offen steht? Schon seit einigen Jahren empfehlen sich Schimpansen und andere Non-Homo-sapiens-Menschenaffen als mögliche Kandidaten. Der Diskurs um deren Rechtsstatus wird nicht nur de lege ferenda geführt. Und er ist nicht nur theoretisch. Continue reading

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 Focus  The Animal Turn and the Law

Hope beyond the Illusion: Global Animal Law

Charlotte Blattner

The "animal turn" in this panel was not only understood in its traditional sense as a turning point, but to some extent also as the starting point of completely new debates. Until few years ago, global animal law was notable primarily for its absence. Despite the fact that this field of law is still in its nascent state, the panelists successfully transmitted remarkably complex and thrilling knowledge. Continue reading

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The Animal Turn and The Law – A New Legal Field in Europe?

Amelie C. Buhl

On 4 and 5 April 2014 the first European Annual Animal Law Conference took place in Basel´s law faculty, Switzerland. The first panel involved the human animal boundary from a biological – philosophical approach, the second panel concerned global animal law, the third panel was called “Are animals the New Women?” and the fourth panel finally discussed ground-breaking cases in animal law. Continue reading

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