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    British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) publishes its autumn courses offer


    For autumn 2021, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has expanded its programme of short courses to bring a wider range of international law topics to participants from across the world. Each course is convened and taught by international experts from BIICL’s own team in collaboration with ...

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    The Impact of Contact Sport Injuries


    In July 2021, the UK Parliament published a report based on a four-month inquiry conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. The report was commissioned after an increasing number of sportspeople announced they had been diagnosed with dementia and various other long-term neurological issues.

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    Sports Broadcasting: Looking to the Future


    Avid sport enthusiasts will recall that, less than a decade ago, one only needed to purchase a subscription to a single sports channel in order to view almost all live events being broadcast. Nowadays, frustration is growing as rights are being sold to a multiplicity of broadcasters.

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    The European Super League and Competition Law


    On 18 April 2021, twelve football clubs across Europe announced the creation of the European Super League. Although most of the clubs have since withdrawn, the idea of a breakaway competition opened a discussion as to whether this could be legally challenged, and could sanctions be placed on football players ...

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    Gambling Advertising & Football


    On 2 July 2020 the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry published its report with an emphasis on sports and gambling advertising.

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    Brexit Impact on Football Player Transfers


    The new rules for recruiting football players from within the European Union took effect from January 2021 and this will have a significant impact on the English Premier League.

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    Anti-Money Laundering Legislative Package


    The fundamental nature of financial crime remains the same however the methods of concealing the gains from financial crime have changed considerably. This has been largely due to the development of technology, accompanied with the ambiguity and inconsistency with anti-money laundering governance across European Member States.

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    Post-COVID Reforms to Financial Fair Play by Dr. Ryan Gauthier


    Like all other areas of society, sport was greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following an initial shutdown, professional sporting competitions began to re-open. Professional football was hit particularly hard as matches were eventually held in empty stadiums. With no fans buying tickets, merchandise, or confectionary items, amongst other impacts, ...

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    European Commission publishes ‘Fit for 55’ package to meet climate ambitions


    The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals aimed at reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The proposals, which were published on 14th July 2021, seek to make the European Green Deal a reality by ensuring a ‘concrete roadmap’ for ...

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    Case law digest - July


    This month’s case law digest contains a number of important constitutional cases on judicial independence and the duty of national courts to request CJEU rulings. It also has updates on the principle of solidarity amongst Member States; the rights of economically inactive Union citizens to be affiliated to the public ...

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    Commission publishes the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard


    On 8 July, the Commission published its 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard which is an annual overview of the functioning of the justice systems in all EU Member States. To this end, the scoreboard focuses on three areas:

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    Commission publishes updated reform recommendations for regulation in professional services of 2017


    On 9 July, the European Commission published its updated recommendations for reform of regulation of seven professional business services (including lawyers). The recommendations build on their previous version, published in 2017, and summarise progress made by member states in creating a more business and innovation friendly regulatory environment. The ...

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    Open letter supporting UK Lugano Convention application highlights Access to Justice concerns


    An open letter signed by non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) and legal experts across the United Kingdom and European Union has been published calling on the EU to allow UK accession to the 2007 Lugano Convention. 

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    Surveillance Case Law: Key Developments


    There have been two significant surveillance case law updates in May/June 2021: Big Brother Watch Ors v United Kingdom and Centrum För Rättvisa v Sweden .

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    Cryptofinance: Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA)


    The term cryptocurrency has entered our everyday parlance to such an extent that it seems almost unmissable when reading the news. The issue facing governments is, of course, regulation. How does one begin to regulate a market which is relatively ‘new’, highly susceptible to volatility and appears to change almost ...

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    National AI Insights: OECD and EU Commission Joint Report


    Although governments have been aware of the need to utilise and implement AI, policies specifically relating to this are a relatively new phenomenon. As a result, there is a wide discrepancy between different countries’ approaches. In 2019, the OECD published five key AI Principles which were designed to act as ...

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    Trustworthy AI: Developing an OECD Database


    The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society and its presence in shaping government policy is no longer a theoretical promise. On the contrary, almost every government now has significant swathes of its GDP devoted to promoting and developing AI systems which can be implemented in society. Accordingly, the need ...

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    Commission adopts UK data adequacy decisions


    On 28 June, the European Commission adopted two UK data adequacy decisions (one under the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, and another under the Law Enforcement Directive, LED). This means that data flows between the EU and the UK can continue without the need to adopt additional safeguards. ...

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    Digitalisation of justice and legal services – overview of recent CCBE activities


    Martin Sacleux, legal adviser with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), shares the insights on the key challenges and issues related to digitalisation of justice and legal services that are discussed among European Bars and Law Societies.

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    Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP): are we seeing their end in the European Union?


    After the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist that was murdered in a car bomb, some European parliamentarians have been calling on the EU Commission to promote an anti-SLAPP EU directive which would give investigative journalists and media groups the power to request to rapidly dismiss “vexatious ...