September 12, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Elena Butti, University of Utrecht Class of 2014, investigates what are the different roles of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) regarding human rights protection in the EU and how these different roles affect the ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 13, 2007, leaders of the 27 member nations of the European Union (EU) signed the Treaty of Lisbon in an effort to reform the decision-making process of the EU and allow the union to have a more active role in global issues. This event was followed by close to two years of intense ...[read more]
November 20, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On November 20, 2008, the Parliament of Sweden approved the European Union reform charter, popularly referred to as the Treaty of Lisbon. The vote in the Riksdag was heavily in favor of ratification and made Sweden the twenty-fourth country to adopt the measure, which was aimed at strengthening ...[read more]
September 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, which completed his country's problematic ratification of reforms that were aimed at restructuring the constitutional framework of the EU. Specifically, the reform treaty sought to increase the EU's role as a global ...[read more]
July 24, 2011
by Megan McKee
Konstantinos Margaritis is a Ph.D. candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law. For his doctoral research, he is examining the protection of fundamental rights under the Lisbon Treaty. He writes on the changes in the field of external affairs under the Lisbon ...[read more]
February 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The European Parliament on Tuesday agreed to the establishment of a common patent system despite lack of accord from Spain and Italy. EU member states have attempted to establish a uniform patent system for several years, but a unanimous vote was unobtainable due to disapproval from a few member ...[read more]
December 1, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 1, 2009, the Lisbon Treaty went into effect after more than two years of negotiations. The treaty, which was ratified by all 27 EU member-states, was crafted to make the EU more democratic, transparent and efficient, and to increase the EU's role as a global actor. Within the framework ...[read more]
November 15, 2010
by Adrienne Lester
JURIST Guest Columnist Alina Christova of the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel says the European Stabilization Mechanism, recently agreed upon in the European Union, is a welcome step towards a permanent, crisis-management system, but that additional measures must follow... ...[read more]
November 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 11, 2004, Lithuania became the first EU state to ratify the European Constitution, when the Seimas, the Lithuanian parliament, voted 84-4 to approve the treaty. The European Constitution was later rejected by French voters and failed to be ratified by all 27 EU member states. EU reform ...[read more]
September 25, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, completing the country's ratification process. The signature was the final step for ratification, after the Bundesrat gave final approval earlier that week to a bill setting out the ratification process. Although both ...[read more]

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