The protection of human rights: a noble task for courts

“Human Rights Court”, Philipp Heinisch, 2020

On Friday 22 November 2019, a celebration in honour of Paul Lemmens’ emeritus status was held, in the company of many of his friends and colleagues. For this occasion, a number of them wrote a contribution for the wonderful Liber amicorum Paul Lemmens. In a special blog series we have drawn attention to several contributions in this book. To conclude our series, we give the floor to the celebrated emeritus himself.

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The Existence of a Judicial Dialogue between the ECtHR and International Investment Arbitration?

On Friday 22 November 2019, a celebration in honour of Paul Lemmens’ emeritus status was held, in the company of many of his friends and colleagues. For this occasion, a number of them wrote a contribution for the wonderful Liber amicorum Paul Lemmens. In this blog series we draw attention to several contributions in this book. This week, dr. Charline Daelman discusses the existence and nature of a judicial dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and international investment arbitration. Continue reading “The Existence of a Judicial Dialogue between the ECtHR and International Investment Arbitration?”

Claiming the Convention’s ‘Duties and Responsibilities’ in the Face of Illiberalism

On Friday 22 November 2019, a celebration in honour of Paul Lemmens’ emeritus status was held, in the company of many of his friends and colleagues. For this occasion, a number of them wrote a contribution for the wonderful Liber amicorum Paul Lemmens. In this blog series we draw attention to several contributions in this book. This week, Michaël Merrigan considers the potential of ‘duties and responsibilities’ (article 10 ECHR) in the face of illiberalism.
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Judge Paul Lemmens: Of Principles and Values

On Friday 22 November 2019, a celebration in honour of Paul Lemmens’ emeritus status was held, in the company of many of his friends and colleagues. For this occasion, a number of them wrote a contribution for the wonderful Liber amicorum Paul Lemmens. In this blog series we draw attention to several contributions in this book. This week, Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole discusses the principles and values underlying the separate opinions of judge Paul Lemmens. Continue reading “Judge Paul Lemmens: Of Principles and Values”

Lost in Migration: on the Detention of Unaccompanied Alien Minors

Recently, the Belgian press honed in on the fact that the number of unaccompanied alien minors (hereafter: UAM) disappearing in Belgium is still rising. The problem is however not limited to Belgium and the issue reopens the debate on whether UAM should be held in detention or not. This blogpost focuses on recent EU developments in that respect. Continue reading “Lost in Migration: on the Detention of Unaccompanied Alien Minors”

The first of many Mammadovs? Reflections on the ECHR infringement procedure

For the first time, the Committee of Ministers has initiated infringement proceedings under Article 46 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It did so in the case of Ilgar Mammadov, an Azerbaijani activist and politician who has spent 1205 days in prison. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) deemed this prison time to be a measure designed by the government to “silence or punish” him. Time to reflect on the proceedings’ potential.

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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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Uitlevering van Hongkong aan China: meesterzet of mensenrechtelijke misstap?

In augustus 2019 startte Peking een nieuw mediaoffensief tegen de protesten in Hongkong, ontstaan naar aanleiding van een wetsvoorstel van de regering dat uitlevering aan China mogelijk maakt. Volgens de ambassadeur van China in Nederland grepen gewelddadige demonstranten het wetsvoorstel aan om Hongkong te destabiliseren en de rechtsstaat aan te tasten. Demonstranten daarentegen stelden juist dat zij de prille rechtsstaat in Hongkong probeerden redden. Nu de regering het wetsvoorstel heeft ingetrokken is het tijd voor een bespiegeling. Daarbij vraagt deze blogpost aandacht voor de wezenlijke mensenrechtelijke knelpunten bij een uitlevering naar China en de legitimiteit van de gevoerde protesten.

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Nieuwe wet opent deuren rechtbanken voor mensenrechtenorganisaties

Palais de Justice

Op 21 december 2018 werd de wet houdende diverse bepalingen betreffende justitie afgekondigd. De wet bevat diverse maatregelen op het stuk van de burgerlijke rechtspleging die vaker níet dan wél met elkaar verband houden, zoals we al vaker zagen tijdens deze legislatuur (zie o.m. de “Potpourri”-wetten). Veel aandacht kreeg de nieuwe wet nog niet, ook al is ze politiek zeker relevant. Ze werd immers ná het ontslag van de regering-Michel aangenomen (met een ruime meerderheid), wat erop wijst dat er in het parlement toch nog meerderheden te vinden zijn om regeringsprojecten af te werken. Minstens even interessant is de inhoud ervan, en dan meer bepaald de wijziging die de wet aanbrengt in artikel 17 van het Gerechtelijk Wetboek. Continue reading “Nieuwe wet opent deuren rechtbanken voor mensenrechtenorganisaties”

The black king of Spain: Can the blackened king be blackballed?

A recent bone of contention for many European cultures is the practice of ‘blacking up’ some characters of European traditions (folklore/popular culture). Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. Stereotypes embodied in the stock characters of blackface minstrels played a major role in strengthening racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide. Nevertheless, in some European traditions there have been practices of blacking up people to represent a certain character. Continue reading “The black king of Spain: Can the blackened king be blackballed?”