CJEU ruling: dedicated meta-search engine infringes database right

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released an important decision concerning the sui generis right under Article 7 of the Directive 96/9 on the legal protection of databases. The court held that an internet operator that provides a dedicated meta-search engine (which in turn uses search engines provided by other websites to … Continue reading

Exceptions from EU movement law: Derogation, Justification, and Proportionality

Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Law at The City Law School has hosted a workshop on a cutting-edge topic of European Union law.  The workshop entitled, ‘Exceptions from EU movement law: Derogation, Justification, and Proportionality’ took place on 20th and 21st February.  It was organized jointly with Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne from the University of … Continue reading

The EU and the Rule of Law – What next?

Date and Time: 4th December at 1.00pm Venue: Room AG05, College Building. We are delighted to welcome Professor Laurent Pech to speak on the future of the rule of law in the EU at the next CLS research seminar. Abstract According to the EU Treaties, the rule of law is both a principle on which … Continue reading

A tremendous start to the ISEL seminar season

Dr Steven Truxal – steven.truxal.1@city.ac.uk On 16th October 2013, the Institute for the Study of European Laws (ISEL) convened its first event in the 2013—2014 seminar season. Two distinguished scholars joined us, one from academia and the other from practice, to share their research and experience with pressing issues in the EU ‘lawspace’ First up … Continue reading

Upcoming Publication by Dr Paul Gragl: “The Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights”

After more than 30 years of discussion, negotiations between the Council of Europe and the European Union on the   EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights have resulted in a Draft Accession Agreement. This will allow the EU to accede to the Convention within the next couple of years. As a consequence, … Continue reading

ISEL Meeting, 10 October 2012: Recent Developments in EU External Relations Law and the Competition between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the Regulation of Broadcasting

This week’s ISEL Meeting (Institute for the Study of European Laws) was dedicated to the most recent developments in the European Union’s external relations and saw presentations on both the general aspects of this field of law (including the interinstitutional strife between the Union’s organs about questions of competence) and a very particular legal issue … Continue reading

Medical Methods, Risks to Public Health and Exclusion from Patentability

Post by Enrico Bonadio On 15 February 2010 the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) released an important decision regarding the exclusion from patentability of certain surgical methods. The EBA held that the presence of health risks is material when verifying whether invasive surgical methods should be excluded from patentability, … Continue reading

Seizures of In-Transit Generics at the EU Borders: India and Brazil v. The EU

Post by Enrico Bonadio On May 2010 India and Brazil filed a complaint at the WTO claiming that customs rules in the EU, Regulation 1383/2003 in particular, recently allowed customs authorities to detain certain lots of Indian generics in transit to non-EU states. India and Brazil maintain that these measures contradict relevant TRIPS and GATT … Continue reading

Murphy v Media Protection Services: not a clearcut victory

By Judith Townend (cross-post from Law Justice and Journalism) One view seemed to dominate last night’s  City Law School event: the implications of the ECJ judgment in combined cases FA Premier League & Ors v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services were unclear. As Professor Lorna Woods, City Law School, wrote ahead of the event, “The long-awaited Murphy judgment … has been heralded in the … Continue reading

Football, Broadcasting and the Internal Market

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Institute for the Study of European Laws’ legal panel discussion ‘Football, Broadcasting and the Internal Market: Is a new audio-visual space in sight?’ on 11 October 2011. It proved to be a fascinating discussion of various aspects of the ECJ’s judgment in FA Premier League b QC … Continue reading