The precautionary approach in the Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan: a threat to the EU precautionary principle? by ALESSANDRA DONATI

The reference to the precautionary approach contained in EPA shall be coordinated with the precautionary principle set forth by article 191 of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFUE”) and with the obligation of European institutions to pursue a high level of protection of the environment (Art. 191 TFUE), public health (Art. 168 TFUE) and consumers (Art. 169 TFUE). In this regard, the … Continuer de lire The precautionary approach in the Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan: a threat to the EU precautionary principle? by ALESSANDRA DONATI

Directions in Legal Education 2020″ at Chinese University of Hong Kong – June 18-20

Online Conference: « Directions in Legal Education 2020 » at the Chinese University of Hong Kong – June 18-20 In this 3-day online event, 76 speakers, including distinguished keynote Richard Susskind OBE, will engage in a debate about Teaching Law in Times of Crises, Law&Technology, Diversity, Pedagogy, and other compelling topics in Legal Education. Attendance is free. Find the full program here: https://webapp3.law.cuhk.edu.hk/conf/20200619/programme-rundown/ Register by June 14 … Continuer de lire Directions in Legal Education 2020″ at Chinese University of Hong Kong – June 18-20

SEVERAL REASONS WHY: Climate change as one of the motives why we are failing in the fight against plastic pollution by Luísa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves Coutinho

Environmental awareness is still historically new and, consequently, so are the actions to fight the environmental harms caused by humankind. Climate change is already well-known in data and counts with an international legal framework, especially since 1992, with the establishment of the UNFCCC. The plastic pollution is newer, still lacks data and international legal solutions. But the two biggest environmental problems caused by humankind have … Continuer de lire SEVERAL REASONS WHY: Climate change as one of the motives why we are failing in the fight against plastic pollution by Luísa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves Coutinho

The unsustainable lightness of enforcement procedures: environmental standards in the EU-Mercosur FTA by Giovanni Gruni

The European Union has been increasingly active for more than a decade in the conclusion of free trade agreements (FTAs) directly with partner countries and outside the WTO. This has brought to the conclusion of some very large free trade agreements such as the CETA with Canada or the more recent EU-Japan FTA. On the 28th of June 2019 the EU reached an agreement in … Continuer de lire The unsustainable lightness of enforcement procedures: environmental standards in the EU-Mercosur FTA by Giovanni Gruni

EU’s regulation of car decarbonisation: 25 years on bumpy roads by Mulugeta Getu Sisay

The threat of increased emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) and its imminent threat to humankind have forced the EU and other global actors to adopt new regulatory measures. However, transport has continued to be a difficult and complex sector to decarbonise. A study commissioned by EEA found that in 2017 the transport sector accounted for 27% of the EU’s (EU-28) total GHG emissions. A further … Continuer de lire EU’s regulation of car decarbonisation: 25 years on bumpy roads by Mulugeta Getu Sisay

Coronavirus and climate change crises under EU law: the need for a common, coordinated and consistent risk management strategy by Alessandra Donati

  This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story     One or two crises? “An absent dog does not bark, says an African proverb. The press has hardly been absent during the coronavirus outbreak; many outlets have run stories about little else. But the focus on the virus has distracted the press … Continuer de lire Coronavirus and climate change crises under EU law: the need for a common, coordinated and consistent risk management strategy by Alessandra Donati

Constitutional Courts under Article 6, paragraph 1 of the European Convention of Human Rights: The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the Portuguese Constitutional Court by Pierre-Emanuel Pignarre

On 31st March 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rendered an important judgment concerning the admissibility of a request before the Portuguese Constitutional Court (PCC). The ECHR found a violation of the right to an effective remedy because the dismissal of claims before the PCC was deemed excessively formalistic (Dos Santos Calado a. o. v. Portugal, 2020, judgment only available in French). The … Continuer de lire Constitutional Courts under Article 6, paragraph 1 of the European Convention of Human Rights: The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the Portuguese Constitutional Court by Pierre-Emanuel Pignarre

EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening in Pandemic Times: Between EU Protection and EU Protectionisms by Bianca Nalbandian

Prelude: An FDI-Friendly Europe In the perspective of the European Union, a Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) is an international investment made by an investor from a third country to establish or maintain a lasting and direct interest in an enterprise resident in a Member State of the European Union. This type of investment usually entails a long-term relationship between the investor and the invested enterprise, … Continuer de lire EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening in Pandemic Times: Between EU Protection and EU Protectionisms by Bianca Nalbandian

Climate change, food law and policy in the ‘period of consequences’ by Marianna Vanuzzo

Climate change is considered a driver for environmental sustainability actions in the food system, despite the lack of a comprehensive environmental policy framework and the absence of specific regulation in the food domain. According to EFSA, while a broad range of studies and reports examined the impact of climate change on food security, few scientific research and public policies have focused on food safety and … Continuer de lire Climate change, food law and policy in the ‘period of consequences’ by Marianna Vanuzzo

Addressing global deforestation through market power and the empowerment of developing countries: the EU FLEGT initiative as an unusual – yet innovative – example? by Hélène Decottigny

Accounting for 11% of the CO2 emissions, deforestation and forest degradation are the second most important cause of climate change after the combustion of fossil fuels. In the EU, deforestation has been halted thanks to afforestation and reforestation programmes as well as natural growth. On the international plane, however, the situation remains bleak. Every hour, the equivalent of 800 football fields of forest disappears from … Continuer de lire Addressing global deforestation through market power and the empowerment of developing countries: the EU FLEGT initiative as an unusual – yet innovative – example? by Hélène Decottigny