Kunst & Recht (IV): Free South Africa

‘Free South Africa’ – Keith Haring

In de blogreeks Kunst & Recht maakt elke blogpost de sprong van een element uit de wereld van de kunst in ruime zin naar de wereld van het recht. Vertrekkend van bijvoorbeeld een lied of een schilderij wordt de lezer geleid naar rechtspraak van het EHRM. In deze blogpost doet het kunstwerk Free South Africa van Keith Haring ons nadenken over de Zuid-Afrikaanse rassendiscriminatie. 

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European Parliament Calls for a Ban on Blackface

 

For the first time in its existence, the European Parliament has taken a clear political position on the  black face practice. According to Marike Lefevre, the European Parliament’s resolution on the anti-racism protests following George Floyd’s death constitutes a push towards abolishing the practice of black painting of faces to portray a certain character. Continue reading “European Parliament Calls for a Ban on Blackface”

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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