|FRONTEX and the EBCGA|
With this book, Amélie Poméon won the Hanneke Steenbergen Scriptie Prijs 2016 (prize for the best master thesis in the field of migration law in the Netherlands for the year 2015/2016). Hanneke Steenbergen taught migration law at the University of Leiden and was highly dedicated to the promotion of migration law education. After her death, a commemorative foundation was established, the primary purpose of which is to award a yearly prize stimulating research and interest in migration law issues. This book discusses the question to what extent Frontex (and, to a more limited degree, its successor, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency) can be held accountable for breaches of EU law acting both inside and outside EU territory. The issues covered include a detailed discussion of Frontex’ tasks and competences, the legal position and status of EU agencies, agency accountability and the distinction between the notions of accountability and responsibility as well as the extraterritorial applicability of EU law. It also addresses the question whether an individual complaint mechanism can and should be introduced within the Agency’s setup. “Amélie provides with her thesis an almost encyclopedic document about Frontex, the European Agency for management of operational cooperation at the external borders of the European Union. Frontex plays an important role in protecting external borders and therefore has a direct impact on many people’s lives. […] Worth mentioning is that she took an interesting approach by incorporating interviews with various experts on the ground. […] So, a very thorough piece of work on a problem that maintains to be in the forefront of every ones attention.” Jury report Hanneke Steenbergen scriptieprijs 2016
|Thoughts on Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights|
Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights allows States, in time of “war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation”, to take measures derogating from their obligations to protect human rights. This brief monograph by a member of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights offers a personal view on the possibilities of derogation in practice. Its aim is to inform discussion on the relevance today of Article 15 as part of the Convention system. Its main focus is on armed conflict both international and non-international and on terrorism. It makes proposals to breathe new life into Article 15.
|Regulating Anti-competitive Practices in Nigeria’s Communications Sector|
C. E. Izuogu
This pioneering book gives a comprehensive review of the work of the Nigerian Communications Commission in regulating anti-competitive practices in Nigeria’s communications,market. To that end, the book among other things,,discusses the concept of a substantial lessening of competition, which is the substantive standard, used for evaluating anti-competitive conducts in Nigeria’s communications sector, and the substantive application of this standard by the Commission in the three broad areas of anti-competitive agreements and practices; abuse of a dominant position; and mergers, acquisitions and takeovers. The book also discusses the various conducts deemed by the Commission to result in a substantial lessening of competition, and the approach adopted by the Commission in regulating communications Licensees with market power and/or in conducting a dominance determination for the purpose of imposing ex ante regulatory obligations. It is intended that this book will serve as a useful research guide for competition and communications law practitioners in Nigeria, and especially offi cials of the Commission investigating anti-competitive practices. Academics, Economists and law students with an interest in the competition regulation of communications services in Nigeria will also find this book useful.
|Discover International Law|
W. van Genugten, N. Schrijver & D. Heerdt
International law has a huge impact on everyday life, but often only specialists are aware of that. The goal of this book is to make international law accessible for all people interested but not (yet) being such experts. It is an invitation to Discover International Law, and to see how it links to major challenges of today’s world. A second goal of the book is to highlight and explain the long-standing relationship between international law and the City of The Hague, “an epicentre of international justice and accountability" in the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Describing international law as it is and discussing trends and barriers, the authors draw optimistic conclusions in the end, despite the fact that putting international law into practice is in many ways an uphill struggle. They reach their conclusions by looking at international law as part of the ‘ongoing civilization of relations between states’. Analyzing a range of topics, they also make clear that international law serves as a domain that tackles ‘problems without passports’ in increasing interaction between people(s), states, the civil society (NGOs, trade unions, religious groups) and companies, all that being supported and critically followed by the academic community.
|Background to the crisis in Syria and perspectives on human rights & humanitarian law violations|
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, in mid-March 2011, the context in which it is regarded has been constantly changing. Four years later, the escalating violent armed conflict, fired from the “Arab Spring” movement has led to the rise of terrorist groups and a huge wave of refugees fleeing from the country. The present publication addresses the developments before 2011, as well as between mid-March 2011 and July 2015. It provides the factual background to the crisis and its analysis within the scope of humanitarian and human rights law. This volume is useful for understanding the roots of the crisis and its circumstances before summer 2015. A detailed research on what has happened and is happening in Syria brings up numerous unsolved issues within the international community. International law provides several possibilities for conflict resolution and stabilising crises: timely and effective response of international community represented by United Nations and its agencies, in particular United Nations Security Council; enforcement of the responsibility to protect; imposing sanctions; bringing to international justice and internationally addressing elements of the crisis, e. g. terrorism. However, with the involvement of different international actors, the implementation of international law depends on the particular behaviour of each of them. This way even erga omnes norms become voluntary. In the case of Syria, the application of international law instruments has been accompanied by hesitation. Cross-regional, regional and internal tensions prevented international community from shaping a coherent and decisive response to mass atrocities taking place in Syria. Thus, this research questions the existing system of leverages and sets an ambitious goal of finding out how to change it.
Anton Gerits (‘s Gravenhage 1930) debuteerde als dichter in 1957 met de bundel Grondbezit bij A.A.M. Stols. Dit boek bevat gedichten geschreven in de periode 1947 – 2015. J. Greshoff schreef naar aanleiding van zijn debuut aan Lou Boucher, vermaard letterkundige boekhandelaar en uitgever: ‘Eindelijk weer eens een eigen geluid’. Adriaan Morriën oordeelde in Het Parool: ‘Poëzie die een zeer Hollandse indruk maakt en zich zomin aan modieuze experimenten als van een opgeschroefde hemelbestroming vertelt.’ Lucette Oostenbroek oordeelde over de bundel Alleen wanneer ik kijk: ‘Het is een verademing weer eens een bundel met echte haiku te mogen lezen. De auteur heeft in heel wat verzen dat gewichtloze stadium bereikt waarin subject en object opgeheven zijn om te versmelten tot één ervaring.’ D. Prinsen schreef in Wetenschap, Cultuur en Samenleving, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam over de bundel Landschapsbeheer: ‘Zelden is de breuk tussen mens en natuur treffender en beknopter geformuleerd.’ T. van Deel oordeelde: ‘Dit is echte poëzie, echt ook in de zin dat het hier gaat om de grote dingen van het leven, waar we vandaan komen, waar we zijn en waar we heengaan. Poëzie ook die dit raadsel durft te vergroten en die op een onmodieuze manier beschouwelijk durft te zijn.’ Jan Niesen oordeelde in Schoonschip 93 over Asielbeleid: ‘Hoe moeizaam de hermetische bolster van de poëzie van Anton Gerits ook geopend kanworden, het loont meer dan de moeite door te dringen in de poëtische pracht van een geabstraheerd landschap, een omwereld door de dichter dermate fijnzinnig gezeefd dat alleen wezenlijke, fundamentele zaken het licht zien en details vervagen. In zijn genre en met zijn benadering een uniek dichter.’
|Civis europaeus sum?|
Guayasén Marrero González
Civis europaeus sum? Am I a citizen of the Union? This question, which is the cornerstone of this thesis, is also the question that people affected by an eventual State succession within an EU Member State need an answer to. The link between the nationality of an EU Member State and citizenship of the Union is, as it stands now, unbreakable. One cannot claim the enjoyment of the latter without holding the nationality of an EU Member State. Thus, those who, due to the operation of the State succession and the rules enacted in that context regarding nationality, lose the nationality of the predecessor-EU Member State cannot invoke “civis europaeus sum”. From the outset, individuals who lose the nationality of an EU Member State would lose EU citizenship and the rights attached to it. However, whilst EU citizenship is still not autonomous from Member State nationality, certain rights associated to the residence in both the potential newly independent States and the EU Member States can be frozen as an interim solution until such times as the former has completed the EU accession process.