Death Sentence for Autonomous Investment Tribunals

March 8, 2018

There was much debate about the investment protection provisions in international trade agreements such as CETA or TTIP, while many observers seems not to have realised immediately that the recent ECJ ruling on the Dutch-Slovak arbitration tribunal will have broader repercussions: Daniel Thym explains on the EULawAnalysis that it amount to a death sentence for autonomous investment arbitration worldwide.

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Special Issue: Searching for Solidarity

December 2017

Solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility is emerging as one of the key constitutional principles in the EU asylum, migration and border policies. While its importance is often proclaimed, including in Article 80 TFEU, its meaning, scope and precise implications for EU legislation and practice remain confounded. In its fifth issue of 2017, the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law published a collection of eight articles, with Daniel Thym and Lilian Tsourdi as...

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Questioning EU Citizenship

December 2017

Supranational citizenship is controversial: it is politically contested, the object of prominent court rulings and the subject of intense academic debates. A collection with prominent authors from across Europe, which was published with Bloomsbury/Hart, examines this vexed question, paying particular attention to the Court of Justice. Offering analytical readings of the key cases, it also examines those political, social and normative factors which influence the evolution of...

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Ongoing Debates about a German ‘Immigration Act’

October 2017

Ever since the winter of 2015/16, immigration and asylum have been one of the hottest political topics in Germany. Corresponding rules and policies played a prominent role in the election campaign, in which several parties called for the adoption of an ‘Immigration Act’ (Éinwanderungsgesetz) with new rules on economic migration. In several contributions, Daniel Thym discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of such an immigration act, including the potential of a German ‘points...

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The Irony of Brexit for Immigration Control

October 2017

The debate about the technicalities of Brexit is gathering momentum. While most discussions focus on future trade relations, acquired rights of Union citizens or the financial implications of leaving the EU, one topic receives surprisingly little attention, although it played a prominent role in the public debate prior to the Brexit referendum: immigration control. In his blogpost for the Verfassungsblog and EULawAnalysis, Daniel Thym shows that Brexit might make it more...

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Annual Report of the German Expert Council

May 2017

In its 2017 report, the German Expert Council on Integration and Migration of which Daniel Thym is a member presents an in-depth analysis of the ‘opportunities arising from the crisis’ for German and European refugee policies. Two core messages are that a conditional right to mobility within labour markets for recognised refugees may be a complementary tool in the reform of the EU asylum system and that Germany should activate its standard structures instead of special programmes for...

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EU Asylum Policy - towards Reconstruction

February 2017

Although last year’s crisis of EU asylum policy is not front-page news any longer, it’s legal foundations are currently being rearranged. Within this broader context, Daniel Thym has recently commented on the opinion of Advocate General Mengozzi that there should be an individual of refugees across the world to be admitted to the EU in an interview with the German weekly DER SPIEGEL and the corresponding ECJ judgment (in ZEIT ONLINE and German public television), on the...

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Interview with DER SPIEGEL

July 2016

The future of the Dublin system and the options available for the European Union and its Member States at this juncture are one of the hottest political and legal issues at the moment. Daniel Thym presents his view of related ideas in an interview with the latest edition of the German weekly DER SPIEGEL.

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Conference: The Judicial Deconstruction of Union Citizenship

28/29 April 2016

Union citizenship is under pressure, both politically and legally. A number of more recent ECJ judgments famously highlighted the limits of transnational solidarity and membership the legal rules on Union citizenship bring about. An international conference at the University of Konstanz analyses underlying reasons. Participation is free, but requires prior registration. For more information consult the website of the Research Centre Immigration and Asylum Law.

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