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13 Nov 2009

Murder: Rethinking the mandatory life sentence

Thesis - 6 pages - European law

Sir Edward Coke stated in the Third Part of his Institutes that “... of all felonies, murder is the most heinous” . As such, murder has always received the most severe punishment the law could give; a law of King Canute stated that Aberemord—caedes manifestae—was punishable...

13 Nov 2009

Constitutional and administrative law: The concept of the Rule of Law as defined by Dicey

Thesis - 5 pages - European law

“The concept of the Rule of Law as defined by Dicey still remains valid: it provides a measure against which we can judge the attitudes and actions of Parliament, Government and the courts.” Explain what is meant by the concept of the rule of law. To what extent is the statement above...

13 Nov 2009

To what extent is the criminal justice system consistent with article 6 of the European convention on human rights?

Thesis - 6 pages - European law

At the heart of any legal system is the criminal justice system and it is a paramount that the system is fair in order to be effective—this is ensured through a fair trial, without which, the whole system would be illegitimate. We only have to look to the political ‘show trials' of the...

15 Jan 2009

Implementation of European Law in a federal state: The Belgian case between coherence and autonomy

Case study - 9 pages - European law

‘Ultimately the impact of EU rules depends on the willingness and capacity of Member States authorities to ensure that they are transposed and enforced effectively and fully and on time' (Graver) . This statement from the European Commission in its White Paper on Governance deals with the...

08 Mar 2007

The main differences between the civil and the common law systems

Thesis - 5 pages - European law

The majority of legal authors divide the legal systems in the world into two mains groups : the common law on the one hand and the civil law on the other hand . The most interesting is that when you try to find definitions for those words, you often find the basic definition and then as a...

16 Jan 2007

Principles and practices of consumer's protection within the European Union

Thesis - 19 pages - European law

The European Union aims at protecting the health, safety and economic well-being of its citizens. It promotes their rights to information, helps them safeguard their interests and encourages them to set up consumer associations. Consumer policy is designed to improve the quality of life of all...

05 Sep 2006

CASE No COMP/M.3099 : Areva / Urenco / ETC JV

Law case - 12 pages - European law

In its decision of the 6th October 2004, the European Commission has assessed the compatibility with the common market of the concentration of two firms from the nuclear industry sector, following the procedure laid down in the merger regulation. This concentration was proposed by the French...

31 Aug 2006

What are the challenges facing the EU in its attempts to establish democratic institutional structures ?

Thesis - 7 pages - European law

“It is time to recognise that the Union has moved from a diplomatic to a democratic process, with policies that reach deep into national societies and daily life” . This statement by the European Commission subsumes ten years of political and academic on-going debate on the...

31 Mar 2006

'The European Union Court of Justice is more relevant for the advance of the EU political unity than the Commission and the Parliament' - Discuss - publihed: 31/03/2006

Essay - 4 pages - European law

Its political role has being a big issue between the main theoricians of the European Union. The place of the European Parliament and the Commission in the process toward political unity is more obvious. The Commission, as the institution who has the power of initiative, can play a large role in...

26 May 2002

Under which conditions can the European Parliament decide legislative outcomes?

Essay - 5 pages - European law

As any national parliament, the European Parliament's role is mainly a legislative one even if, as opposed to national assemblies, it does not possess the exclusivity of the power to establish and vote the law. The development of the power of the Parliament belongs to a logic of increasing...

05 May 2002

Theory of direct effect

Thesis - 8 pages - European law

Born into the International order, the European Community law can touch people only through the juridical order of its Member State. Therefore arises the question about the relationship between EC law and domestic law. The EC law concerns much more directly individuals than the international law....

25 Feb 2002

The precautionary principle and its consequences upon the community legal order: gmos and bse

Essay - 28 pages - European law

Concentrating on the expression itself it is clear that the word "principle? implies a peculiar importance given to the "precaution?. It is to say that the principle of precaution is a principle of law, even if it is not clear how and where this scope has been given: some would say in Treaties,...