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Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

Benjamin Martill   Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent claim that NATO was ‘brain-dead’ and that Europe needed to focus on building up its own security and defence capabilities was the latest in a long line of public pronouncements on the future of European defence in recent years. …

New EU Leaders

The EU’s New Leadership: Imperative to Overcome Europe’s Uncertain Politics

Anthony Salamone Since the European Parliament elections in May, attention in Brussels has focused on determining the leadership of the EU institutions for the new institutional cycle (2019-2024). On 2 July, following three days of summitry, EU leaders announced their selections for four EU top posts – the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, …

Brexit and the future of the Unions

This blog post is the full text of Sir Jonathan Faull’s lecture in the University of Edinburgh’s prestigious Montague Burton Lecture Series.  The lecture was delivered on 16th September 2019, entitled ‘Brexit and the future of the Unions’ I am here today thanks to John Peterson[1], a distinguished professor in this University, a fine scholar …

Resolving Norm Conflicts in EU Law

Emily Hancox – Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute Usually, within a legal order there are certain tools for resolving conflicts between legal norms. Most well-known are the principle of lex superior (granting priority to the higher-ranking norm), the principle of lex specialis (granting priority to the more specific norm) and the principle of lex …

The Regulation establishing an Entry/Exit System: a legitimate interference with data protection rights?

Tiffany Guggenbühl, LLM Candidate in Human Rights Law, The University of Edinburgh Winning entry for the EU Immigration Law Prize 2018/19 Introduction External border control and internal security in the European Union (EU) have become two sides of the same coin. Controlling immigration is increasingly used for security purposes while security and crime governance methods …