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), upcoming national conferences (III), news articles (IV), and call for papers (V). In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht, no. 7,
1) J. Smulders, J. Faniel & B. Maddens, “Verkiezingen, partijen en overheidsfinanciering: de financiële gevolgen van de verkiezingen van 25 mei 2014”, 428-437.
Elections, parties and government financing, the financial consequences of the elections of 25 May 2014
 
– Tijdschrift voor Gemeenterecht, no. 3
S. De Somer, “Samenwerking omwille van de samenwerking: het samenwerkingsakkoord betreffende de gewestgrensoverschrijdende intercommunales”, 160-166
Cooperation for the sake of cooperation: the cooperation agreement concerning the cross-region intermunicipalities
 
– Tijdschrift voor Wetgeving, 2014, vol. 1
1) A. Rezsohay & M. Van der Hulst, “De verdeling van de wetgevende bevoegdheid tussen Kamer en Senaat na de zesde staatshervorming”, 40-57.
The distribution of legislative powers between Chamber and Senate after the sixth state reform
 
Rechtskundig Weekblad, 20 September 2014
1) B. Warnez, “Fundamentele rechtsregels remmen verhoging studiegeld”, 122.
Fundamental legal rules limit increase of tuition fee
 
Rechtskundig Weekblad, 27 September 2014
1) Y. Stevens, “Uw pensioenleeftijd? Die kan ik u helaas niet meer meedelen”
Your retirement age? Regrettably, I can no longer inform you about that
 
– Juristenkrant, 10 September 2014
1) R. Boone, “UGent start legal clinic mensenrechten met studenten”, 1.
UGent launches legal clinic human rights with students
2) P. Cannoot, “Raad van State versoepelt omzendbrief-Peeters”, 4-5.
Council of State mitigates circular Peeters
3) T. Vandromme, “Opnieuw vernietiging van bepalingen over Raad voor Vergunningsbetwistingen”, 7.
Again annulment of regulations related to the Council of Permit Disputes
4) C. Van Severen, “Hervorming gerechtelijk arrondissement Brussel doorstaat (grotendeels) grondwettigheidstoets”, 10-11.
Reform judicial district of Brussels successfully passes (to the utmost extent) judicial review of constitutionality
 
Juristenkrant, 24 September 2014
1) E. De Bock, “Grondwettelijk Hof verlengt start vervaltermijn om erkenning te betwisten”, 4-5.
Constitutional Court extends start of time limit to contest recognition
2) M. Storme, “Verdwijning waarachtig bicameralisme is einde democratische rechtsstaat”, 12
Disappearance of true bicameralism is the end of democratic rule of law
 
B. Books
 
1) J. Vande Lanotte, G. Goedertier, Y. Haeck, J. Goossens & T. De Pelsmaeker, Handboek Belgisch Publiekrecht. Deel I. Inleiding tot het Belgisch Publiekrecht, Bruges, die Keure, 2014, 791 p.
Treatise Belgian Public Law. Part I. Introduction to Belgian Public Law
 
2) J. Vande Lanotte, G. Goedertier, & S. Bracke, België voor beginners, Brugge, Die Keure, 2014, 317 p.
Belgium for beginners
 
3) A. Gerlache, J. Vande Lanotte, M. Uyttendaele, S. Bracke, G. Goedertier & A. Coenen, La Belgique pour débutants, Brugge, la Charte, 2014, 318 p.
Belgium for beginners
 
4) M. Van Damme (ed.), Hervorming van de Raad van State, Brugge, die Keure, 2014.
Reform of the Council of State
 
5) J. Velaers, J. Vanpraet, W. Vandenbruwane, & Y. Peeters, De zesde staatshervorming: instellingen, bevoegdheden en middelen, Antwerp, Intersentia, 2014, 1032 p.
The sixth state reform: institutions, powers and means

6) A. Alen, B. Dalle, K. Muylle, W. Pas, J. Van Nieuwenhove & W. Verrijdt, Het federale België na de zesde staatshervorming, Bruges, die Keure, 2014, 653 p.
Federal Belgium after the sixth state reform

7) K. Stangherlin & S. Förster, La communauté germanophone de Belgique (2006-2014), Brussels, la Charte, 2014, 152 p.
The German-speaking Community of Belgium (2006-2014)
 
II. Decisions Belgian Constitutional Court (violation of the Constitution)
 
1) 19 September 2014, no. 126/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wet van 22 maart 2001 tot instelling van een inkomensgarantie voor ouderen (art. 10)
Act of  22 march 2001 concerning the establishment of a guaranteed income for elderly (art. 10)
– Violation (in the contested interpretation)
– Keywords: Social law, social security, guaranteed income for elderly, calculation of the means of the applicant
– See: PDF
 
2) 19 september 2014, no. 127/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 330, §1, eerste lid, tweede zin)
Civil Code (art. 330, §1.1, 2nd phrase)
– Violation
– Keywords: Civil law, paternal lineage, recognition of paternity, contestation claim, ground of inadmissibility, right of respect for private and family life
– See: PDF

3) 19 september 2014, no. 130/2014
– Appeal for annulment
– Contested legislation: Wet van 11 juli 2013 tot wijziging van het systeem van fiscale regularisatie en tot invoering van een sociale regularisatie (art. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 en 19)
Act of 11 July 2013 changing the system of fiscal regularization and introducing a social regularization (art. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 19)
– Partial annulment, maintaining the effects of the annulled provisions, dismissal of appeals (subject to interpretation)
– Keywords: constitutional law; 1° financing of the communities and regions, regional taxes, inheritance taxes, registration fees; 2° federal fiscal powers, Service of regional taxes, collecting, procedural rules, regularization procedure; 3° fiscal powers of the regions, inheritance taxes and registration fees
– See: PDF
 
4) 25 September 2014, no. 132/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wet van 30 december 1970 betreffende de economische expansie (art. 30, §1, vierde lid
Act of 30 December 1970 concerning the economic expansion (art. 30, §1.4)
– Keywords: economic law, economic expansion, real estate, 1° expropriation or acquisition by the government; 2° no right retrocede for the expropriated: 3° purpose of the expropriation, industrialization of the acquired properties; right to property, restrictions, balance of interests
-See: PDF

5) 25 September 2014, no. 139/2014
– Preliminary questions
– Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 330)
Civil Code (art. 330)
– 1° violation, 2° no violation, 3° no violation
– Keywords: civil law, paternal lineage, recognition of paternity, contestation claim submitted by the man who has recognized the child; 1° ground of inadmissibility, possession of state; 2° time limit; 3° lack of consent; right of respect for private and family life
– See: PDF

6) 25 September 2014, no. 141/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wet betreffende de verplichte verzekering voor geneeskundige verzorging en uitkeringen, gecoördineerd op 14 juli 1994 (art. 103, § 1, 1°)
Act concerning the compulsory health care and benefits insurance, coordinated on 14 July 1994 (art. 103, § 1,1°)
– violation or no violation, depending on the interpretation
– Keywords: social law, social security, health and disability insurance, work disability, benefits, full suspension of the benefits which are calculated based on a full-time job in case of resignation with payment of a compensatory severance payment; 1° employees with a full-time job; 2° employees with several part-time jobs which are equal to a full-time job, who are fired in the context of one of their employment contracts, and for who the compensatory severance payment is calculated based on a part-time salary
– See: PDF
 
III. Conferences
 
1) De Brusselse instellingen anno 2014: bron van nieuwe institutionele ontwikkelingen
The Brussels institutions in 2014: source of new institutional developments
– Friday 28 November 2014 (09:00 – 12:30), Chamber of representatives
 
IV. News articles
1) B. Maddens, “'Krijgt N-VA art. 195 niet in het regeerakkoord, dan moet het zich zorgen maken voor 2019”, Knack online, 29 September 2014.
If N-VA cannot include art. 195 in the coalition agreement, it has to worry for 2019
 
V. Call for papers
 
1) Boston College Law School and the International Association of Constitutional Law’s Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change invite submissions for a full-day workshop on comparative constitutional amendment at Boston College Law School on May 15, 2015.
Interested scholars should email their paper by January 15, 2015 to judy.yi@bc.edu. See I-CONnect.
 
2) The University of Milan in collaboration with The Younger Comparativists Committee
of the American Society of Comparative Law request submissions for a Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Milan on  May 4, 2015.
Interested scholars can email their paper by January 20, 2015 to judy.yi@bc.edu. See I-CONnect.
 

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

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