Monthly Overview – July 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, and (IV) 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, Ghent University).

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

– Chroniques de Droit Public – Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (CDPK), 2015, nr. 1

  1. I. VAN DEN DORPEL, “Rechtsbescherming tegen de overheid in België en in Duitsland: openbaarheid van bestuur”, 2-18
    “Legal protection against the government in Belgium and in Germany: transparency of governance”
  2. M. NIHOUL, “Le moyen digne d’intérêt pour le Conseil d’État selon le législateur (premières applications)”, 19-35
    “The appropriate interest regarding the plea of law for the Council of State according to the legislator”
  3. M. GENNART, “La nouvelle procédure de deuxième lecture de la Chambre des représentants”, 36-49
    “The new procedure for the second reading by the Chamber of Representatives”
  4. M. JOASSART, “Premier aperçu de la réforme du Conseil d’État, 50-79
    “First overview of the reform of the Council of State" 

B. Books

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

  1. 2 July 2015, no. 101/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 329bis, § 2, derde lid)
    Civil Code (art. 329bis, §2, third paragraph)
  • Violation
  • Keywords: Civil Law, Lineage out of wedlock, Acknowledgment of a child by a man whose biological paternity is being challenged, Rights of the child, Interest of the child, Judicial review, Marginal review
  • See: PDF
  1. 16 July 2015, no. 103/2015
  • Appeal for annulment
  • Contested legislation: Wet van 20 januari 2014 houdende hervorming van de bevoegdheid, de procedureregeling en de organisatie van de Raad van State (art. 2, 3°, 3, 6, 7, 3° en 5°, 10, 2° en 7°, 11 en 13)
    Act of 20 January 2014 concerning reformation of the competence, procedural rules and organisation of the Council of State (art. 2, 3°, 3, 6, 7, 3° and 5°, 10, 2° and 7°, 11 and 13)
  • Partial annulment
  • Keywords: Administrative Law, Council of State, Judicial procedure, Administrative loop, Formal obligation to motivate, Suspension, Complaint with ombudsman, Interest, Right to a healthy environment, Standstill-obligation, European Law, Environmental impact assessment
  • See: PDF
  1. 16 July 2015, no. 105/2015
  • Appeal for annulment
  • Contested legislation: Decreet van het Waalse Gewest van 11 december 2013 houdende de algemene ontvangstenbegroting van het Waalse Gewest voor het begrotingsjaar 2014
    Decree of the Walloon Region of 11 December 2013 concerning the general income budget of the Walloon Region for the budget year 2014
  • Partial annulment
  • Keywords: Constitutional law, Competences of the regions, Walloon Region, Regional taxation, Tax on mast, pylons or antennas meant for the execution – directly with the public – of a mobile telecommunication action by the operator of a public telecommunication service
  • See: PDF
  1. 16 July 2015, no. 106/2015
  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Burgerlijk Wetboek (art. 488bis, k)
    Civil Code (art. 488bis, k)
  • Violation or no violation, depending on the interpretation
  • Keywords: Civil law, Protected person, Convocations by the “Forem” that are addressed to an unemployed person under preliminary control and decision to strike his registration as unemployed, Notifications
  • See: PDF

III. Conferences

  1. Six figures de la liberté d'expression
    Six figures of the freedom of expression
  • 9 October 2015 from 13.45 until 17.15 at Faculté de droit de l’Université de Namur, Rempart de la Vierge 5, Namur
  • See website

IV. Calls for papers

  1. Symposium on quasi-constitutionality and constitutional statutes
  • 19-20 May 2015 at the Pipitea campus of Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October 2015
  • Deadline for full pre-symposium draft submission: 15 April 2016
  • See website
  1. Symposium on Constitutional Change and Transformation in Africa
  • 9-10 June 2016 at the campus of Kabarak University in Nakuru
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 2 November 2015
  • Deadline for full pre-symposium draft submission: 4 April 2016
  • See website
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