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    Case Law Digest May 2022


    In this edition of the Case Law Digest, we take a look at the recent decisions made from the Court of Justice of the European Union from April to May 2022. These cases cover the de-referencing of allegedly inaccurate content, approximation of laws, air transport and unfair terms in consumer ...

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    Finland and Sweden to join NATO


    In a historic shift in their defence policies, Finland and Sweden will apply to join the NATO alliance, despite warnings from Russia. The accession of the two Nordic countries will expand the alliance’s mutual security pact at a crucial time. However, Turkey may present some hurdles along the way.

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    Lessons from the Ukrainian cyber front


    Russia’s cyberattacks on Ukraine in the lead-up to its invasion should be a wake-up call for Europe. The EU must quickly adopt the revised Network and Information Security (NIS2) Directive and improve its operational readiness.

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    Commission publishes the proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence


    On 23 February, the Commission published its proposal for a directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (see also here). The aim of the proposed law is to encourage sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour and to apply human rights and environmental considerations in companies’ activities and corporate governance.

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    Commission publishes the proposal for the EU Data Act


    On 23 February, the Commission published its long-awaited proposal for the regulation on fair access and use of data (EU Data Act). The Act is a key element of the European Strategy for Data published in 2019 and aims at creating a single market for data. The proposal’s main objective ...

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    European Parliament approves its position on the Digital Services Act


    On the 20th January, the European Parliament (EP) approved its position on the proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA). The position gives green light to start negotiations, so-called trilogue, with the Council and Commission on the final shape of the new law. The Council of the EU (European Union) ...

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    CJEU Rules against Poland and Hungary in the latest development on the rule of law


    On 16 February, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sitting as Grand Chamber delivered its ruling against Poland and Hungary who questioned the conditionality mechanism imposed by the Commission. The mechanism makes the receipt of financing from the Union budget subject to the respect by the Member ...

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    IBA releases statement defending the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality


    In January, the International Bar Association (IBA) released a statement defending the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality. The statement follows the recent attacks on the principle by UN High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (UN FACTI Panel) and the OECD Global ...

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    EU and UK Parliaments announce their delegation members to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly


    The EU and UK Parliaments announced their delegation members to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (PPA). The PPA is set up under Article 11 of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). It is composed of 70 representatives from the UK and EU Parliaments. Its role is to provide a ...

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    Commission publishes proposals on shell entities and global minimum level of taxation


    On 22 December 2021, the Commission published two proposals for directives. The first one, also known as ‘Unshell proposal’, is aimed to fight against the misuse of shell entities for improper tax purposes. The second one is to ensure a minimum effective tax rate for the global activities of large ...

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    Strengthening Cooperation during Public Health Emergencies by Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott


    Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott is currently a research fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, where he is also a member of its equality, diversity and inclusion committee. In this article, Richard discusses how existing international frameworks ...

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    One year post-Brexit: where are we now?


    As 2021 draws to a close, this article reflects on Brexit developments between the UK and EU across the year with a particular focus on the Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations and the recent establishment of the EU-UK Joint Parliamentary Assembly. For both areas, this article reviews what has happened in ...

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    What are the priorities for the incoming French presidency of the Council of the EU?


    Throughout 2021, French officials have been vocal about a number of areas that they are planning to address in their 6-month presidency of the Council of the EU which is due to start at the beginning of 2022. In this article, we consider a few of these areas, and touch ...

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    What are the consequences of divergence from EU law post-Brexit?


    Following Lord Frost’s speeches over the last few months of 2021 where he argued that Brexit can’t be successful without divergence from EU legislation, this article looks at some of the potential consequences increased divergence could have on a number of areas.

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    The CCBE Human Rights Award 2021


    The CCBE Human Rights Award 2021 has been given to four Belarusian lawyers and to the endangered lawyers in Afghanistan. This article outlines what the Award is, the importance of the Award and who the 2021 recipients are.

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    2022: European Year of Youth


    In this article, we look at the European Year of Youth 2022 initiative and consider the proposals put forward in the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education on how to best implement it.

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    WTO announces agreement on rules on domestic regulation


    On Thursday 2 December, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announced an agreement between 67 WTO members on rules for domestic regulation of services. The deal is an important achievement of the multilateral trading system as it is the first agreement on services in 24 years at the WTO.

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    Broaden your Horizons - Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors/newly qualified solicitors/paralegals to gain international experience


    We are currently offering trainee solicitors, newly qualified solicitors and paralegals from the UK, a unique opportunity to undertake a three-month secondment in the Brussels Office commencing in January 2022. 

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    Overview of the Equinox report on structural racism in law enforcement in the EU


    The way in which law enforcement is conducted has come under scrutiny recently. Especially with international civil rights movements such as Black Lives Matter highlighting the need to address and uphold the fundamental rights of all people when interacting with law enforcement. This article focuses on The Equinox Initiative for ...

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    What next for thousands of migrants stranded between the Poland and Belarus borders?


    This article provides an overview of the major migration crisis happening on the borders of the EU, with thousands of migrants being stranded in the ‘no-man’s land’ between Belarus and the EU states of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.