Christmas readings

photoAlessandro Gilioli, Siamo tutti sudditi di Google e Facebook, l’Espresso, 23 December 2014.

Tanja Perič, Marsikaj, o čemer govorimo, je tisto kar zamolčimo, Pogledi, 22 December 2014.

Francesco Condello, Božič: od delitve do potrošnje, Razpotja, 2 December 2014.

First Kenya, now Sudan, The Economist, 20 December 2014.

Steve Peers, The CJEU and the EU’s accession to the ECHR: a clear and present danger to human rights protection, EU Law Analysis, 18 December 2014.

Joseph W. Weiler, Christmas Reading? Christmas Gifts? Some Suggestions from the Editor-in-Chief, EJIL Talk!, 19 December 2014.

Katja Perat, Kraj, kjer se končajo sanje, Delo, 15 December 2014.

Ivan T Berend, Bojan Bugarič, Academics should be careful not to exaggerate the progress made in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, LSE Blog, 11 December 2014

Discutida querella, El Pais, 23 December 2014.

Joshua Rozenberg, ECHR cases won by UK government show flexibility of human rights system, The Guardian, 17 December 2014.

Kristina Turčin, Najbolja stvar u mom životu? Dom za napušteno djecu, Globus, 22 December 2014.

Ignacio Alvarez – Ossorio, Primavera árabe: esperanzas frustradas, El Pais, 23 December 2014.

Owen Jones, Greece’s radical left could kill off austerity in the EU, The Guardian, 22 December 2014.

Mila Corlateanu, A Bitter December, New Eastern Europe, 23 December 2014.

Spletno obnašanje in “družbena odgovornost”, Kritika konzervativna, 20 December 2014.

ECHR in Croatia and Slovenia

Akademski forum_dec2014_SI-HR-1-2Jean Monnet Academic Forum took place last week at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies at Brdo pri Kranju on the topic of implementation of the European  Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Slovenia and Croatia (with Goranka Lalić Novak and Vedran Đulabić as guests). The Forum was convened within the bilateral Slovenian-Croatian research project on the implementation of the ECHR in the Croatian and Slovenian legal order in terms of both procedural and substantive human rights. Both countries have faced difficulties in implementing ECHR and executing Court’s judgments. The bilateral project investigates if and how Croatian and Slovenian administrative and judicial authorities apply the ECHR. It identifies if the Croatian and Slovenian Constitutional Courts in their decisions apply and refer to the European Convention and the European Court of Human Rights. This research project focuses also on the question of what added value the ECHR provides for the constitutional protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Croatian and Slovenian legal order.

Weekend readings III


Fiona De Londras, Revisiting the Five Techniques in the European Court of Human Rights, EJIL: Talk!, 12 December 2014.

James Meek, Worse than a Defeat, London Review of Books, 18 December 2014

Deborah Pearlstein, The Question of Prosecution, Opinio iuris, 11 December 2014.

Gustavo Martin Gazo, La muchacha indecible, El Pais, 13 December 2014.

Daniel Larison, Torture Is Wrong and Useless, The American Conservative, 10 December 2014.

Martin Chulov, ISIS. The inside story, The Guardian, 11 December 2014.

America’s police on trial, The Economist, 13 December 2014.

Switzerland and ECHR

A good article on ECHR in Switzerland can be read here. It refers to a comprehensive report drafted by Swiss government analyzing past 40 years since Switzerland ratified ECHR and offering some perspectives on the future.  Here is a short section from report’s summary :

Cet attachement à la convention n’empêche pas de poursuivre une réflexion critique sur la jurisprudence de la CEDH, de souligner l’importance du principe de subsidiarité qui est un principe essentiel au bon fonctionnement et à l’acceptation de la Cour et d’œuvrer, encore et toujours, à la mise en place de réformes efficaces du système de contrôle, à court et à long terme. Dans la mesure où les critiques actuelles résultent du fait que certaines initiatives populaires ces dernières années ont mis en évidence des conflits potentiels avec la CEDH, le Conseil fédéral poursuit ses efforts pour trouver une solution appropriée, susceptible de satisfaire une majorité politique.

Weekend readings II

DSC_6854Vladimir the Great, The Economist, 5 December 2014

Martin Pollack, Pisati o množičnih grobiščih je bilo nepredstavljivo, Pogledi, 1 December 2014.

Christian Miller, Jonathan Jones: Firestone and the Warlord: The untold story of Firestone, Charles Taylor and the tragedy of LiberiaProPublica, 18 November 2014.

Constantin Cojocariu, Silencing the Voices of People with Disabilities: Recent Developments before the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg Observers, 3 December 2014.

Thomas Piketty, El capital según Carlos Fuentes, El Pais, 5 December 2014.

Jean Monnet Forum on ECHR in Croatia and Slovenia

Jean Monnet Academic Forum on the implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom in Croatia and Slovenia will take place on Monday, 8 December 2014, at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. More details are available here. Welcome!