Discriminatory Entrance Fee, the German Federal Constitutional Court and the Absent Court of Justice of the EU

A Commentary ‍ By Desirée C. Schmitt[1] and Thomas Giegerich[2] Filing a constitutional complaint with the German Federal Constitutional Court (hereinafter: FCC) for an amount in dispute of merely € 2.5 shows a certain endurance but also an almost insatiable thirst for justice. But as the past has taught us, […]

Internally Displaced Persons in Kuyalnik: Displacement of the Displaced?

Внутрішньо переміщені особи в Куяльнику: переміщення переміщених? An article by Anastasiia Murzanovska, Desirée C. Schmitt, Kristina Müller, Viktoriia Karpenko.[1] For Ukrainian language version see below. During an International Conference on Migration in Ukraine and Germany in Odessa, our attention was brought to the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (hereinafter IDPs) […]

Two years after Digital Rights Ireland: general data retention obligations might still be compatible with EU law

A review of the Advocate General’s opinion in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 An article by Pieter Gryffroy* A. Introduction In its judgement of 8 April 2014 in the Digital Rights Ireland case,[1] the Court of Justice declared the 2006 Data Retention Directive (hereinafter: the Data Retention Directive)[2] invalid. The […]

Taking a look at two cases in the margin of the CJEU’s “Privacy Spring”, before and after the General Data Protection Regulation: Weltimmo and Bara

An article by Pieter Gryffroy*   I. Introduction On 4 May 2016, the official text of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), replacing the former Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC), was published in the EU’s Official Journal,[1] together with the specific new Directive on the exchange of personal […]

Analyse des EGMR-Urteils Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete und Zrt gegen Ungarn (App. No. 22947/13)

Wie weit reicht die Meinungsfreiheit von Internet Service Providern? Ein Beitrag von Karoline Schmidt* Am 02.02.2016 hat der EGMR im Individualbeschwerdeverfahren Nr. 22947/13 „Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete (MTE) und Zrt gegen Ungarn“ eine auf den ersten Blick überraschend providerfreundliche Entscheidung zur Meinungsfreiheit von Internet-Service-Providern getroffen. Sachverhalt In dem vom EGMR […]