The Court of Cassation and the Uniform Interpretation of the Law in the Italian Legal System: the Principle of Law in the Interest of Law.

One of the most serious issues in the Italian legal system concerns the need to guarantee certainty and uniform interpretation of law. The essential purpose of the Court of Cassation in Italy (and, for example, also in France) is to unify the case-law and ensure that the interpretation of texts is the same throughout the whole territory. Legal clarity and certainty contribute to avoiding litigation in an excessive number of cases and guaranteeing the principle of equality. Recently, however, the huge increase in the volume of litigation points out that the Italian legal system does not offer enough legal permanence and certainty. For this reason, the Italian legislator chose to strengthen the nomophylactic function of the Court of Cassation by instating the principle of law in the interest of law (art. 363 of Code of Civil Procedure).

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VTM mag ‘Cold Case’ toch uitzenden van de rechter – Het resultaat is juist, nu nog de redenering…

Het Antwerpse parket eiste in kort geding een uitzendverbod van de tv-reeks ‘Cold Case’. Hoewel de voorzitter de vordering afwees, toont zijn beschikking aan dat de rechtspraak van het EHRM omtrent preventieve uitzendverboden nog niet ten volle is doorgedrongen tot de Belgische rechtbanken. Continue reading “VTM mag ‘Cold Case’ toch uitzenden van de rechter – Het resultaat is juist, nu nog de redenering…”

De Grondwet Gequoteerd: over Grondwettelijke Genderpariteit

Deze week stelden zowel de Sp.a als de PS een genderplan voor als deel van hun verkiezingscampagne. Eerder stelden Marike Lefevre en Marie Spinoy op de conferentie ‘Welke Grondwet na 2019?’ voor om artikel 11bis, tweede lid van de Grondwet te wijzigen om de genderpariteitsvereiste in dit artikel veeleisender te maken. Naar aanleiding van Internationale Vrouwendag geven zij graag wat meer uitleg bij hun voorstel.

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Inequality as National Identity – the Federal Paradox.

The Flemish Care Insurance Case in a Comparative Perspective

Fundamental rights and the principle of equality may be part of a Member States’ national identity and thus protected by Article 4 (2) TEU. This blogpost argues that within federal states such as Belgium, paradoxically the same holds true for the principle of (federal) inequality, which allows federal entities to treat similar situations differently than other federal entities. Continue reading “Inequality as National Identity – the Federal Paradox.”

Antwerp Court Muddies the Waters: Belgian Burkini Ban Justified

On 18 December 2018, the Antwerp court of first instance held that the burkini ban in the Antwerp Police Regulations does not constitute discrimination based on religion. As opposed to the prior two Ghent rulings, the court held that any potential discrimination was justified by hygiene and safety reasons. Earlier, Antwerp had announced it would invoke gender equality to justify the burkini ban. However, the judgment only considers hygiene and safety. While the latter arguments seem purely pragmatic, there are good reasons to apply searching scrutiny to these grounds of justification.

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