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Pharmaceutical Transparency under the EU's Clinical Trial Regulation

The EU's proposed Clinical Trial Regulation represents an innovative, much-needed step in ensuring greater transparency of the results of trials conducted on forthcoming medicines. Its effectiveness, however, is limited by its proposed exemptions, most notably that protecting 'commercial interests'.

12:00, 16th April 2019
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Investor Visas in the EU: a Golden Ticket to Union Protection?

The rules surrounding access to EU citizenship are often strict. However, a scheme permitting investors to gain access to citizenship undermines this process, creating a two-tiered system: access for the wealthy, rejection for the poor.

12:00, 19th February 2019
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Article 13 of the Copyright Directive: Is the EU Really Banning Memes?

Copyright law has, in the internet age, lagged behind technological advances. However, the most recent attempt of the European Parliament to catch up with technology - the newly proposed Copyright Directive - has sparked fierce opposition online, mostly for its alleged attempts to 'ban memes'.

12:00, 18th December 2018
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Revoking Article 50: Explaining the Possibility to Stop Brexit

As more and more evidence points to the fact that Brexit could become a catastrophic failure, the question of whether the notification of Article 50 can be reversed has arisen. This article explains the vital CJEU judgment, and AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona's Opinion, on the matter.

12:00, 11th December 2018
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Secession and the EU: Brave New World or Continuation of Membership?

Recent events throughout Europe - perhaps most notably in Catalonia, Spain - has seen rising tensions in many regions regarding the possibility of secession. However, whether a secession will permit the new state to remain part of the European Union is a largely uncertain area of law.

12:00, 4th December 2018
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The Refugee Crisis and Human Rights: Where Are We Now?

The Dublin Regulation determines member state responsibility for asylum applications. Its aim was efficiency but it has faced various human rights challenges. Reform can achieve both efficiency and human rights compatibility by re-distributing the burden of applications more fairly

12:00, 30th November 2018
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May's Draft Brexit Deal: A True Challenge to UK Sovereignty?

Following the referendum in June 2016, politics in the UK has been dominated by Brexit negotiations over the past two years. Finally, May has proposed a draft Brexit deal. However, regardless of political leanings, there is one aspect which is wholly unacceptable: the 'joint agreement clause'.

12:00, 27th November 2018
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Scotch Whiskey v Lord Advocate: A Neat Solution or The Law on the Rocks?

The tension between protecting public health and the free movement of goods - and the broader tension between Member States and the EU - was brought into sharp focus in a Supreme Court case last year that raised questions about a reconsideration of the ambit of Article 34 of the TFEU is needed.

12:00, 23rd November 2018
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Constitution & Convention: What’s Stopping A Second Brexit Referendum?

The vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 has proven difficult for many to accept. As such, there is an increasingly popular movement of citizens campaigning for a second referendum. Such a vote, however, may prove politically and legally impossible.

12:00, 9th November 2018
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Non-Taxation of McDonald's: Illegal State Aid or Valid Loophole?

McDonald's has ruled the fast food game for decades on end and might be expected to have paid millions of dollars around the world in corporate tax payments. The European Commission recently considered whether its failure to pay corporate tax regarding Luxembourg royalties is valid or illegal.

12:00, 6th November 2018
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The EU v Hungary: The Failures of Article 7 of the TEU

The European Parliament recently voted to initiate the Article 7 procedure against Hungary and Viktor Orban's controversial far-right government. However, the highly political nature of Article 7 of the TEU means Hungary will likely be allowed to continue on the same path. A change is necessary.

12:00, 30th October 2018
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Financial Fair Play in Football: Curbing the Excess or the Enthusiasm?

Football, a favourite pastime of the nation, is also the basis for truly ludicrious levels of investment, winnings and spending. As such, UEFA introduced Financial Fair Play Regulations to discourage football team insolvency. This article assess the compatibility of the Regulations with EU law.

12:00, 25th September 2018
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A Permanent Investment Court: The Future of the International Investment Regime?

The ability of investors to sue for breaches of international investment agreements impacts on how governments can regulate. Such disputes are currently dealt with by a much-criticised arbitration regime. Many advocate reform, with the best proposal being the EU's: a permanent international court.

12:00, 28th August 2018
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Can Foreign Investors Sue The UK For Billions Over Brexit?

The UK has signed a number of treaties with other countries that it to protect the interests of foreign investors by keeping its legal framework stable. The potential upheaval that might come after Brexit might see the UK breach these obligations. Investors may thus be able to sue.

12:00, 3rd July 2018
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