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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

 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

 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

 Focus  The Animal Turn and the Law

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

 Focus  The Animal Turn and the Law

The Animal Turn – what is it and why now?

Anne Peters

After the linguistic turn and the iconic turn, we have been witnessing an animal turn in the social sciences and the humanities. What do we mean by animal turn? We mean an increasing scholarly interest in animals, in the relationships between humans and other animals, and in the role and status of animals in (human) society. The animal turn is an academic focus on animals in new terms and under new premises. Continue reading


Legal but not Fair: Viktor Orbán’s New Supermajority

Kim Lane Scheppele

Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party coasted to a clear victory in last weekend’s Hungarian election, as expected. The governing party got 45% of the vote, but the new “rules of the game” turned this plurality vote into two thirds of the seats in the parliament. A continuing two-thirds parliamentary majority allows Orbán to govern without constraint because he can change the constitution at will. But this constitution-making majority hangs by a thread. Orbán’s mandate to govern is clear because his party got more votes than any other single political bloc. What is not legitimate, however, is his two-thirds supermajority. Orbán was certainly not supported by two-thirds of Hungarians – nowhere close. In fact, a majority gave their votes to other parties. Orbán’s two-thirds victory was achieved through legal smoke and mirrors. Legal. But smoke and mirrors. Continue reading

 Focus  “The Eurozone Crisis” – A Book Debate

“The Eurozone Crisis”: Reply by the Authors

Kaarlo Tuori

Our book on Eurozone Crisis has been reviewed and commented by four distinguished experts in the field, profs Joerges and Ruffert as well as Drs Georgosouli and Jaros. The reviews show considerable variation in style and focus, but they all are based on a careful reading of our book and contain thoughtful comments. For this we want to express our gratitude. We comment first on some common themes of the reviews and then move on to a few more specific questions. Our conceptualization of the two layers of the European Economic constitution, the microeconomic and macroeconomic one, seems to have more ...

 Focus  “The Eurozone Crisis” – A Book Debate

In Defence of “Good Intergovernmentalism”

Daniela Jaros

Kaarlo Tuori’s and Klaus Tuori’s account of the the Eurozone crisis is an excellent analysis of all of its major constitutional issues. In the first chapters, the authors set the field in all necessary detail, embedding constitutional history in its economic context. They strongly focus on the distinction between two layers of Europe’s economic constitution, the microeconomic (laid down in the Treaty of Rome, and developed by the ECJ) on the one hand, and the macroeconomic layer (introduced with the Maastricht treaty) on the other hand. They correctly depict the macroeconomic constitution as a logical development of the microeconomic one more ...

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