BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of new scholarship regarding Belgian constitutional law in journals and books (I), decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found (II), news articles (III), and call for papers (IV). In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

Rechtskundig Weekblad, 1 November 2014
1) S. Storms, “Een loopje met de lopende zaken”, 323-330.
A mockery of current business

– Juristenkrant, 5 November 2014
1) B. Warnez, “Schoolverbod op religieuze tekens mag alleen bij mogelijk conflict”, 1.
School ban on religious signs only in case of potential conflict

2) J. Lievens, “Algemeen hoofddoekenverbod? Een no GO!”, 15.
General ban on headscarves? A no GO!

Juristenkrant, 19 November 2014
1) P. Cannoot, “Grondwettelijk Hof fluit Belgicistische partij terug”, 4-5.
Constitutional Court halts Belgicist party

B. Books

1) Y. Lejeune, Droit constitutionnel Belge: Fondements et institutions, Brussel, Larcier, 2014, 858p.
Belgian constitutional law: foundations and institutions

II. Decisions Belgian Constitutional Court (violation of the Constitution)

1) 6 November 2014, no. 164/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Burgerlijk wetboek (art. 2262bis, §1, eerste lid)
Civil code (art. 2262bis, §1.1)
– Violation
– Keywords: Civil law, legal claims from third party beneficiaries clauses, limitation period, starting point.
– See: PDF

2) 13 November 2014, no. 165/2014
– Appeal for annulment
– Contested legislation: Wet van 30 juli 2013 houdende diverse bepalingen (art. 60: opheffing van het 1° van art. 44, § 1, van het Wetboek van de belasting over de toegevoegde waarde met betrekking tot de diensten van advocaten)
Act of 30 July 2013 containing various provisions (art. 60: omission of the 1 ° of art. 44, § 1 of the Code of the value added tax relating to the services of lawyers)
– Request for preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union
– Keywords: Tax law, value added tax, exemption, abolition, jurisdictional guarantees, assistance of a lawyer, rights of defense, right to a fair trial, right of access to justice, equality of arms.
– See: PDF

3) 27 November 2014, no. 171/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wetboek der successierechten, (art. 70) in samenhang gelezen met art. 7 van hetzelfde Wetboek
Art. 70 of the Code of succession duties read in conjunction with art. 7 of the same Code
– Returning the case to the referring judge
– Keywords: Tax law, inheritance tax, payment, joint liability, heirs with particular legatees, heirs who stand with the beneficiary of a donation of goods.
– See: PDF

III.News articles

1) X, “Atoma-schriftjes met geheime afspraken over grondwetsherziening in kluizen van alle partijen”, Knack online, 26 November 2014.
Atoma notebooks with secret agreements on constitutional reform in vaults of all parties

IV. Call for papers

* With cooperation of Sam Bastiaens (master student Advanced Study of Constitutional Law, UGent)

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