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    COVID-19 Pressures: Proposal to Defer DAC 6


    The Law Society of England and Wales has welcomed the fact that the European Commission published on 8 May a proposal to postpone by three months the requirement to make first reports under DAC 6. The proposal sought to push back the deadline for submitting first reports under DAC ...

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    European Rule of Law Annual Report


    One of the initiatives of the new European Commission is the establishment of an annual Rule of Law Report, part of the comprehensive European rule of law mechanism which will cover all Member States with objective annual reporting by the European Commission. The annual Rule of Law Report will monitor ...

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    The effect of COVID-19 on The European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights


    Courts around the world have been developing new working patterns and using new technology to ensure that justice continues through the COVID-19 pandemic: the ECJ and ECHR are no exception.

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    The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Concluded by the Council


    On 30 th March 2020, the Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the FTA between the EU and Vietnam using a written procedure. It is predicted that the FTA will come in to force in early summer 2020, once the Vietnamese National Assembly has ratified the process. ...

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    EU-Backed Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA) Comes into Force


    The agreement is designed to temporarily replace non-functioning WTO Appellate Body

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    Case Law Digest - April 2020


    This month’s digest of CJEU case law includes judgments concerning the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in respect of EFTA nationals and extradition proceedings relating to third states; aspects of the application of the principle of equal treatment, both in relation to the free movement of workers and ...

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    The ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court adds further woe to the long awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC)


    The IP legal community is facing renewed uncertainty over the future of the UPC, which would have provided for the establishment of a European patent with unitary effect, enforceable in all contracting member states. The most recent setback was the judgment of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the 20 ...

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    Brexit: Time is nigh and analysis of the legal text


    Like all national governments, the European Commission has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This has included progress on the negotiations with the UK for the future relationship, with the last major milestone being the publication of the EU’s draft legal text for the FTA, published on the 18 ...

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    Recognition and Enforcement of judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters


    State of Play Prior to the UK’s exit from the EU (and until the end of the transition period) the legislative framework which governed the recognition and enforcement of judgements on civil and commercial matters remains the Brussels I Recast Regulation 1215/2012 and the 2007 Lugano Convention. Both are ...

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    Cross Border Mediation in a Post Brexit World by Peter Causton


    No current article is complete without mentioning the coronavirus and so I begin by highlighting the revolution in communications which the virus is causing. Courts throughout the EU are having to adapt and introduce remote hearings or are adjourning cases, creating a backlog to be dealt with when the isolation ...

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    Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fundamental rights


    In this article, we bring you the latest policy and legislative developments concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fundamental rights, and in particular the right to privacy. We feature initiaitves by the EU institutions and agencies such as European Parliament, European Commission and European Data Protection Board.

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    Some Consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Legal Services by Jonathan Goldsmith


    Slowly some of the potential consequences for legal services are emerging from the fog of our current coronavirus crisis. Here is one major and one minor one.

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    Brexit and the challenge for international injury: how European private international law can help those seriously injured overseas


    As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate world news, it feels like Brexit has been kicked into the long grass. However, the pandemic will pass and, when it does, Brexit will still be a reality. As the pent-up demand for international travel is unleashed later this year, the rights of ...

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    The UK-EU future relationship


    The UK and EU have now both published their mandates for the upcoming negotiations on a UK-EU Free Trade Agreement. The visions contain some stark differences but also a lot of common ground. The question is whether in the tight timeframe available, the two sides are able to forge an ...

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    Case law digest - February-March 2020


    Summaries of all relevant CJEU judgements and Advocate General opinons from the month of February.  

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    Commission announces its Digital Policy Package


    On 19 February, the Commission announced its Digital Policy Package which outline its ideas and goals for the digital future. The Package consists of four papers: Shaping Europe’s digital future , White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust , Report on the safety ...

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    European Parliament holds a hearing on AI in criminal law


    On 20 February, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs held a hearing on AI and criminal law. The hearing gathered experts from the EU and international institutions, civil society and academia to discuss the current legal framework for the use of AI in the criminal justice system. ...

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    EU Trade Commissioner Hogan announces new transparency package


    On 18 February, EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan announced a new package to improve transparency in trade policy. The new commitments took effect on the same day and now apply to all relevant documents.

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    Trainee Spotlight - Victoria Kinkaid


    Trainee Solicitor, Victoria Kinkaid shines a light on her first month in Brussels Office and how she thinks employers can benefit from their trainees participating in the Brussels Office secondment.