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“Despite our Differences” – The Book

During the last four years, the blog “Despite our Differences” was a relevant source of comments and developments for the community of EU lawyers. It covered important events like Brexit, the Court’s growing case-law on fundamental rights, the rule of law crisis or the reform of the EU judiciary. Thousands of readers followed regularly the posts and shared them. Now that the...

ECtHR: Russian Did Not Breach the Convention in Refusing Requests From Persons Struggling with Addiction for Methadone Replacement Therapy

The ECtHR published yesterday its judgment in the case of Abdyusheva and Others v. Russia (application no. 58502/11), where it found no violation Article 8 of the Convention (right to respect for private life). The case concerned the applicants’ requests to be prescribed replacement therapy for their opioid use. The substances requested by the applicants as substitutes for opioid products, namely...

Commission Management of EU Funds Questioned at the General Court on the Grounds of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

Three disability rights organizations have brought an action of annulment before the General Court against the European Commission, for failing to halt EU infrastructure funding used by Bulgarian authorities to build institutions for persons with disabilities. Having failed to suspend the projects in Bulgaria, the organizations turned to the European Commission to halt funding to Bulgaria until...

Extraterritoriality and Technology Part II. The Facebook Judgment and the Issue of Coherence with the Google Judgment

Yesterday, in the case of Glawischnig-Piesczek, the Court of Justice ruled that the e-commerce Directive does not preclude Member States from ordering a host provider to remove unlawful information which it stores, as well as identical information of the kind. This is a heavy burden that will fall on online service providers, particularly information or social platforms. The case concerned...

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