The ‘Headscarf Rulings’: Did the Court of Justice Really Ban Headscarves in the Workplace?

The recent EU court rulings on wearing headscarves in the workplace demonstrate the conflict between enabling EU economic freedoms on the other hand and protecting the rights of workers on the other, writes Rebecca Zahn. She argues that, while the judgements are nuanced in their determination of acceptable work requirements, the weight given to the […]

The High Court’s Judgement in Miller and Others – Four Brief Remarks

Following the High Court’s ruling on whether the UK Parliament should be involved in the activation of the Article 50 process to leave the EU, Tobias Lock analyses the judgement. He observes that the UK government will find it difficult to construct an effective case on appeal, and that, should legislation indeed be required, essential […]

Drawing the Battle Lines: The Ongoing Standoff Between the UK Government and the ECHR

The UK government’s proposed derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights is based on inconsistent reasoning and would mark a departure from the justifications usually offered, writes Dimitrios Kagiaros. He argues that, rather than insulate UK soldiers from court challenges, the derogation could in fact weaken their human rights protections, and that it could […]

Bosnia’s EU Candidacy Cannot be Sustained by Minimal Internal Compromises

Bosnia’s formal application for EU membership, received today, is predicated on a new and untested framework for the country’s political entities to cooperate with each other, writes Andy Aitchison. Drawing on the EU’s attempts to reform the police several years ago, he argues that, if leaders continue striking political agreements that meet just the minimum […]

How Long Can France’s State of Emergency Last?

France’s state of emergency in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks has been predominately intended as a measure of public reassurance, writes Emile Chabal. He suggests that current efforts to enshrine the state of emergency provisions into the French constitution ignore its ineffectiveness and its problematic colonial origins. Triomphe of the Police, Korz, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 […]

Britain’s Response to the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean

The UK Government’s approach to the current refugee crisis in Europe is a continuation of policies intended to discourage migration to Britain, writes Gareth Mulvey. He argues that this strategy will do little to address the situation, may cause tension between London and the devolved administrations and could hamper relations with the rest of the […]

The High Court of Northern Ireland: Northern Irish Abortion Law Incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights

In this extended article, Jane Rooney analyses the recent Northern Ireland High Court decision that current abortion law is not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. She suggests that the judgement could have gone further in testing the compatibility of the legislation with the ECHR, and that possible appeals are unlikely to take […]

Prisoner Voting and the UK’s Imprisoned European Policy

Following this month’s EU court ruling on voting rights for prisoners, Piet Eeckhout situates the judgement in context and assesses its consequences for the UK. In so doing, he explores the relationship between EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights, suggesting that, even when states attempt to avoid difficult ECHR rulings, they may […]