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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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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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Wo kein Richter, da kein Wähler?

Die Bedeutung des Rückbaus der Rechtsstaatlichkeit für die polnische Wahlrechtsreform

Polen und die Rechtstaatlichkeit – das ist seit Längerem eine schwierige Beziehung. Am Abend des 6. April 2020 änderte der Sejm (eine der beiden Kammern des polnischen Parlaments) zum zweiten Mal in kurzer Zeit unter Protest der Opposition, aber mit absoluter Mehrheit der rechtskonservativen PiS-Partei, das Krisengesetz und damit das Wahlgesetz, das bereits für die kommenden Präsidentschaftswahlen am 10. Mai in Kraft tritt. Statt die Wahlen aufgrund der aktuellen Situation …

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An unlikely couple

Informed consumer choice in EU law and the Middle East conflict

We are currently witnessing a general trend towards more ethical consumption, more sustainable food production, and more awareness about the origins of products. However, it seems a far stretch to link this societal trend (in Europe) to one of the most complex territorial conflicts today, namely about the status of the Palestinian Territories, i.e. the West Bank and East Jerusalem (‘Territories’). Not for the ECJ. In Organisation juive européenne and …

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Nord Stream 2: Arbitration Notices from Moscow

Sometimes the unimaginable becomes reality: Donald Trump, his Democrat counterparts, the European Parliament and the European Commission are all united – in their opposition against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The construction of this mega project, a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that is to supplement the existing Nord Stream twin-pipeline in the Baltic Sea, has caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. Observers who thought that …

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Only a small step forward

The shy contribution of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement to the ISDS reform

On June 30th, 2019, the European Union signed a trade agreement and an investment protection agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This is the third time the EU has used its exclusive competence in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI) to conclude an investment protection agreement (IPA) vis-à-vis an extra-European country, after CETA’s investment chapter and the EU-Singapore IPA. With this “new generation” of investment treaties, the EU …

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Are EU misappropriation sanctions dead?

On 11 July 2019, the EU’s General Court delivered seven analogous judgments in a series of Ukraine-related sanctions cases, including that concerning Ukraine’s ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych is best known for fleeing Ukraine for Russia amidst mass protests in early 2014, leaving behind a private zoo and a mansion with gilded bathrooms. The General Court struck down the EU’s sanctions against Yanukovych and a number of other Ukrainian former public …

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Call for ContributionsGDPR as Global Standard SetterSymposium

Promise and Peril: The GDPR as a global standard-setter for data protection

The Völkerrechtsblog is happy to announce a forthcoming online symposium on the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on international law. The GDPR is not the only international legal instrument on data protection but it certainly is one of the most influential ones: Since it has become binding in May 2018 it has influenced several data protection reform processes around the world, inside as well as outside …

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