Questions concerning the climate and sustainability continue to stir up strong responses in society and are becoming ever more prominent on the agenda. These topics also raise important legal questions. A special blog series puts these important and wide-ranging issues in the spotlight. In this post, Jan-Baptist Lemaire sets out why the separation of powers-arguments often raised against judicial review of government action in climate cases do not hold.
Friday 25 September 2020 saw Prof. Dr. baron André Alen, the former President of the Belgian Constitutional Court, reach emeritus status. Linked to this occasion a book in his honour appeared under the title Semper Perseverans: Liber amicorum André Alen. In this blog series we give central stage to a number of the book’s contributors. In this post Dr. David Haljan considers constitutional gaps and the way (not without peril) in which one such gap on its own functioning was filled by Canada’s Supreme Court.
Seventy-two years ago today, the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. To this day, this document remains our quintessential guide when it comes to human rights protection. That is why every year, on December 10, we celebrate ‘Human Rights Day’. What is often forgotten, however, is that the Universal Declaration, aside from a list of rights, also includes a call for individual action.