What’s POPSing? Creating valuable privately-owned public spaces in Brussels

The Tour & Taxis park has been described by De Standaard as “a quirky lab between slum and loft, for the city of today and tomorrow”. Adjacent to the park, “a bustling neighbourhood for everyone in Brussels to enjoy” with “generous space for people to stroll and relax together, or to attend events, exhibitions and festivals” shall arise. These promising descriptions rely on the public character of the area, whereas it is actually privately-owned. This blog post examines the legal status of such “privately-owned public spaces” in Brussels. Continue reading “What’s POPSing? Creating valuable privately-owned public spaces in Brussels”

Bad blood? The Belgian Constitutional Court ruling on gay and bisexual blood ban

In  September 2019, the Belgian Constitutional Court (‘BCC’) reviewed the constitutionality of a law setting up a 12-month blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM). Like other European countries, Belgium converted a permanent ban on gay and bisexual male blood donors to the requirement of a temporary deferral period. This conversion took place in the wake of a European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) judgement. In Léger, the ECJ established criteria determining the compatibility of such bans with the non-discrimination prohibition. Applying these, the BCC mostly left the deferral period in place.

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Transgender Laws in Transition: European Courts on Non-Binary Gender Recognition

A decision of the Belgian Constitutional Court is the latest in a series of judgments in Europe deciding essentially the same question: should non-binary gender identities be recognized by (non-binary) gender/sex markers on official documents? This post explores the different answers offered by courts across Europe.

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Een X over de transgenderwet

De transgenderwet van 25 juni 2017 maakte het makkelijker om het geregistreerde geslacht te laten aanpassen. De wet liet personen met een niet-binaire genderidentiteit en genderfluïde personen echter niet toe (steeds) overeenstemming te bereiken tussen de genderidentiteit en het geregistreerde geslacht, omdat de aanpassing enkel naar vrouw of man kan en in principe slechts eenmaal kon gebeuren. Volgens enkele belangenorganisaties een discriminatie. Het Grondwettelijk Hof gaf hen daarin gelijk.

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