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Follow the money and see where it goes – Unmasking the EU’s Libya programme

On the EU’s involvement in human rights violations committed by Libyan actors against migrants

On 20 May 2020, Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Lena Zagst presented on this blog the complaint before the European Court of Auditors (CoA), which a group of NGOs led by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) submitted about a month ago. The authors had provided an expert opinion to the complaint, claiming that the EU’s “Libya Programme” violated EU budget and constitutional law. The authors argue that the EU’s …

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Bouncers beyond Borders

On the (il)legality of EU funding for the Libyan coast guard

Over the past two years, the EU has spent almost 100 million Euro to improve the Libyan coast guard’s ability to implement a “Search and Rescue Zone” in the Mediterranean. This financial cooperation is now the object of a legal complaint, filed by a coalition of NGOs led by the Global Legal Action Network. The complaint alleges that financial support for the Libyan coast guard violates European and international law. …

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Vortrag: Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung?

Aufzeichnung des Heidelberger Kreises vom 7. Mai 2020

Der Völkerrechtsblog veröffentlicht die Aufzeichnung des digitalen Vortrags von Erik Tuchtfeld, Redaktionsmitglied des Völkerrechtsblogs, auf Einladung des Heidelberger Kreises am 07. Mai 2020: Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung? Der Heidelberger Kreis ist eine im Jahr 1946 gegründete studentische Vortragsgesellschaft an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, den fächerübergreifenden und parteipolitisch sowie konfessionell neutralen Gedankenaustausch zu fördern. Sie lädt zu diesem Zweck Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sowie andere …

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The role of soft law in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

In an increasingly globalised world, health issues transcend the domain of national legislation. This holds true not only for infectious diseases, as seen with the current outbreak of the Corona-Virus, but also for non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, cancer, obesity or cardiovascular diseases. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the latter are the leading global cause of death by killing 41 million people each year worldwide. A considerable …

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24.000 EUR – für eine Auskunft?!

Das intransparente EU-Kostenrecht erschwert den Zugang zu Gerichten

Offenlegung: Einer der Autoren dieses Beitrags arbeitet als Syndikusanwalt für FragDenStaat und ist unmittelbar in den Rechtsstreit mit Frontex involviert.   23.700,81 EUR hat Frontex, die Europäische Agentur für die Grenz- und Küstenwache, im Februar Luisa Izuzquiza und Arne Semsrott als Kosten externer Rechtsberatung in Rechnung gestellt. Die Transparenz-Aktivist*innen der Organisationen Corporate Europe Observatory bzw. FragDenStaat hatten die EU-Behörde auf Zugang zu Informationen über Grenzschutz-Patrouillenschiffe in Anspruch genommen (Hintergrund hier) …

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The treaty to end all investment treaties

The Termination Agreement of intra-EU BITs and its effect on sunset clauses

23 member states of the European Union (EU) decided that it was time to fish or cut bait. On 5 May they signed a plurilateral treaty to scrap all intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) in force between them (Termination Agreement). The timing may seem suspicious as arguments have been made that certain governmental measures adopted to stem the current Sars-Cov 2 pandemic could violate investment treaties. However, the Termination Agreement …

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Between the body and the politic

Reading recommendations on epidemics, international law, and history – Part II

Herlihy writes of the Black Death, “the plague caused divisions between the healthy and the sick, those in the cultural mainstream and those in the margins… and between the mass of society and its cultural leaders”. Those in the margins of society included strangers, travelers, beggars, lepers, Jews, the poor… the list goes on. Towns routinely closed their gates to all outsiders. During the plague of the 1890s, the medical …

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Between the body and the politic

Reading recommendations on epidemics, international law, and history – Part I

The mute substratum of political life. This is how Clifford Owens describes the body. When things are going well, it silently slips into the background of public life. When the body becomes threatened, however, it transforms into “the source of the most profound disturbances in the political field”. After all, we humans are, despite our highest ethical ideals and furthest scientific advances, still inescapably tethered to our bodies. Our physical …

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Leaving no one behind?

Special needs in times of COVID-19

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the rights and special needs of persons with disabilities are once again neglected dramatically. It is bitterly unsurprising that the topic arrived on the agenda of international policy makers only when UN special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas, criticized the lack of awareness and resulting inaction in mid-March. UNICEF was finally the first international organization to publish considerations on children …

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A puzzle coming together

The henchmen of Assad’s torture regime on trial in Germany

Today marks a historical event in international criminal justice. Two former members of the Syrian General Intelligence Service will stand trial before the Oberlandesgericht Koblenz (Higher Regional Court). It is the first time that former members of the Assad regime will be held responsible for state-run torture before a criminal court. While the German coverage of the trial is quite extensive (see the excellent editorial in Süddeutsche Zeitung, episode 8 …

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