Monthly Overview – June 2015

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found, (III) upcoming conferences, (IV) news articles, and (V) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us. This overview was composed by Ruth Delbaere (Research Assistant, UGent).

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

De Juristenkrant, 10 June 2015

  1. E. BREWAEYS, “Grondwettelijk Hof herziet rechtspraak over rechtsplegingsvergoeding”, 1 en 4
    “Constitutional Court revises jurisdiction regarding remuneration for litigation costs”
     
  2. R. BOONE, “De lijsten voor de sociale verkiezingen 2016 zijn ongrondwettig”, 7
    “The electoral lists for the social elections of 2016 are unconstitutional”
     
  3. G. GEUDENS, “GAS-wet: geen zwaard van Damocles meer”, 13
    “Act on municipal administrative fines: no longer the sword of Damocles”

De Juristenkrant, 24 June 2015

  1. C. CONINGS and F. VERBRUGGEN, “Grondwettelijk Hof plaatst reparateurs dataretentiewet voor moeilijke opdracht”, 1 en 3
    “Constitutional Court gives amenders of the data retention act a difficult task”
     
  2. P. POPELIER and J. DE JAEGERE, “Het Grondwettelijk Hof: Belgische restauratie noch Vlaams voorvechterschap”, 13
    “The Constitutional Court: neither Belgian restoration, nor Flemish advocacy”
     
  3. E. DE BOCK, “Erkenning tenietdoen: wilsgebrek als ontvankelijkheidsvereiste is grondwettig”, 16
    “Undoing an acknowledgment: defect of consent as condition for admissibility is unconstitutional”

– Journal des Tribunaux, 13 June 2015

  1. H. DUMONT, “La sixième réforme de l'État ou l'art de ne pas choisir ?”, 493-500
    “The sixth state reform or the art of not choosing?”

Rechtskundig Weekblad, 20 June 2015

  1. W. RAUWS, “Gegarandeerde dienstverlening en het stakingsrecht”, 1642
    “Guaranteed services and the right to strike”

Tijdschrift voor Wetgeving, 2015 nr. 2

  1. J. THEUNIS, “Behoorlijke wetgeving in de rechtspraak van het Grondwettelijk Hof (2013-2014), 76-108
    “Decent legislation in the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court (2013-2014)”
     
  2. M. VAN DER HULST, “Parlementair recht: De tweede lezing”, 151-156
    "Parliamentary law: The second reading”
     
  3. W. DE COCK?, “Lokale besturen: Dé modelprocedure bestaat niet”, 157-160
    “Local councils: The model procedure does not exist"

B. Books

  1. PALMANS, R. and TOURY, J., Onteigeningen in Vlaanderen na de zesde staatshervorming, Mortsel, Intersentia, 2015, 208 p.
    Expropriation in Flanders after the sixth state reform

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

  1. 11 June 2015, no. 83/2015
  • Appeal for annulment and preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Art. 7 van de wet van 14 januari 2013 houdende fiscale en andere bepalingen betreffende justitie, zoals gewijzigd bij art. 3 van de wet van 25 april 2014 houdende diverse bepalingen betreffende Justitie
    Art. 7 of the Act of 14 January 2013 concerning fiscal and other provisions regarding judiciary, as amended by art. 3 of the Act of 25 April 2014 concerning diverse provisions regarding judiciary
  • Annulment (art. 7)
  • Keywords: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Statute of limitations, Grounds for suspension, Additional grounds for investigation, Introduction of a new ground for suspension
  • See: PDF
  1. 11 June 2015, no. 84/2015
  • Appeal for annulment
  • Contested legislation: Wet van 30 juli 2013 houdende wijziging van de artikelen 2, 126 en 145 van de wet van 13 juni 2005 betreffende de elektronische communicatie en van artikel 90decies van het Wetboek van strafvordering
    Act of 30 July 2013 concerning the amendment of articles 2, 126 and 145 of the Act of 13 June 2005 concerning the electronic communication and of article 90decies of the Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Annulment
  • Keywords: Telecommunication, Electronic communication, Suppliers of publicly available electronic communication services or public communication networks, Obligation to save information regarding the private life and to save his communication, Access of the national authorities to the information
  • See: PDF
  1. 11 June 2015, no. 86/2015
  • Appeal for annulment
  • Contested legislation: Wet van 30 juli 2013 tot versterking van de bescherming van de afnemers van financiële producten en diensten alsook van de bevoegdheden van de Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten en houdende diverse bepalingen (I) – Wet van 21 december 2013 houdende invoeging van boek VI ' Marktpraktijken en consumentenbescherming ' in het Wetboek van economisch recht en houdende invoeging van de definities eigen aan boek VI, en van de rechtshandhavingsbepalingen eigen aan boek VI, in de boeken I en XV van het Wetboek van economisch recht (art. 9)
    Act of 30 July 2013 to strengthen the protection of clients of financial products and services, as well as of the authorities of the Authority for Financial Services and Markets and concerning various provisions (I) – Act of 21 December 2013 concerning the insertion of book VI “Market practices and consumer protection” in the Code of Economic Law and concerning the insertion of definitions to book VI, and of the law enforcement provisions in book VI, in the books I and XV of the Code of Economic Law (art. 9)
  • Partial annulment (art. 9 and art. 69, § 3)
  • Keywords: Economic law, Consumer protection, Code of conduct, Bank and financial sector, Insurance sector, Amendment of legislation, Legal certainty, Administrative sanctions, Non bis in idem
  • See: PDF
  1. 11 June 2015, no. 87/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 488bis H, § 2, in samenhang gelezen met art. 488bis B, § 6)
    Civil Code (art. 488bis H, §2 juncto art. 488bis B, §6)
  • Violation
  • Keywords: Civil Law, Inheritances, Protected person, Legal action to authorise a protected persons to dispose of his goods by way of gift or last will, Admissibility of the request, Submitting a substantial medical statement along with the request
  • See: PDF
  1. 11 June 2015, no. 88/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Art. 47 van het decreet van het Vlaamse Gewest van 2 juli 1981 betreffende de voorkoming en het beheer van afvalstoffen, zoals het van toepassing was vóór de wijziging ervan bij het decreet van 22 december 2006 houdende bepalingen tot begeleiding van de begroting 2007
    Art. 47 of the decree of the Flemish Region of 2 July 1981 concerning the prevention and management of waste, as applicable before the amendment by decree of 22 December 2006 concerning provisions to accompany the budget of 2007
  • Violation
  • Keywords: Procedural Law, Civil procedure, Dispute with regard to environmental taxation, Waste taxation, Legal remedies, Cassation, Conditions for admissibility
  • See: PDF
  1. 18 June 2015, no. 91/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Vlaamse Wooncode (art. 2, § 1, eerste lid, 34°)
    Flemish Code of Living (art. 2, § 1, first par., 34°)
  • Violation or no violation, depending on the interpretation
  • Keywords: Accomodation, Social housing, Flemish Region, Social housing for rent, Partner of the social tenant, Admission conditions, Foreigner who is inscribed in the wait register, Rights and freedoms
  • See: PDF
  1. 25 June 2015, no. 94/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 343, § 1, b) – art. 353-8 en 353-9, zoals zij luidden vóór de wijziging ervan bij de wet van 17 maart 2013 tot hervorming van de regelingen inzake onbekwaamheid en tot instelling van een nieuwe beschermingsstatus die strookt met de menselijke waardigheid en 353-10, zoals het luidde vóór de wijziging ervan bij de wet van 30 juli 2013 betreffende de invoering van een familie  en jeugdrechtbank – art. 348-3 en 348-11
    Civil Code (art. 343, § 1, b) – art. 353-8 en 353-9, as before its adaptation by the Act of 17 March 2013 to reform the provisions regarding incompetence and to install a new protection status in line with human dignity, and art. 353-10, as before its adaptation by the Act of 30 July 2013 concerning the installment of a family and youth court – art. 348-3 and 348-11
  • Violation (art. 343, § 1, b, art. 348-3 and 348-11)
  • Keywords: Civil Law, Lineage, Adoption, Consent of the mother, Ground of admissibility, Rights and Freedoms, Right to respect for one’s private and family life, Rights of the child, Interest of the child
  • See: PDF

III. Conferences

  1. Emeritaatsviering prof. dr. A. Alen
    Celebration of the emeritus status of prof. dr. A. Alen
  • 18 September 2015 at 5 PM in the Promotiezaal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  • See website
  1. International Conference: Human Rights Integration Conference: Towards a Users’ Perspective (HRI)
  • 9-11 December 2015 in Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • See website

IV. News articles

V. Calls for papers

  1. Doctoral Scholarship Conference at Yale Law School
  • 4-5 December 2015
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission (300-500 words): 31 August 2015
  • See website
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