Monthly Overview – September 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, UGent).

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

–  Journal des Tribunaux, 2015, nr. 28

  1. Q. PEIFFER, “L'autonomie constitutive de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale: une première ordonnance spéciale symbolique mais riche d'enseignements”, 609
    “The constitutive autonomy of the Brussels-Capital Region: a first ordonnance with special symbolism but full of instructions”

–  Juristenkrant, 16 September 2015

  1. J. GOOSSENS, “Grondwettelijk Hof vernietigt bestuurlijke lus bij Raad van State”, 9
    “Constitutional Court annuls administrative loop at the Council of State”

–  Juristenkrant, 30 September 2015

  1. I. VAN HIEL, “Bouwvakkers vallen sneller onder eenheidsstatuut”, 4
    “Construction workers are more quickly subject to the unified statute”

–  Tijdschrift voor Wetgeving, 2015, nr. 3

  1. Y. PEETERS, “De uitvoering, wijziging en beëindiging van samenwerkingsakkoorden als bindende, intrafederale verdragen”, 198-221
    “The execution, adaptation and completion of cooperation agreements as binding, intra-federal treaties”
  2. J. VAN NIEUWENHOVE, “Wetgevingstechniek. Regeling van de verhouding tot hogere rechtsregels”, 222-224
    “Legislation technique. Regulation of the relation to higher rules of law”
  3. P. CABOOR, “Parlementair recht. De parlementaire overlegcommissie: een jaar na de zesde staatshervorming”, 225-228
    “Parliamentary law. The parliamentary concertation commission: one year after the sixth state reform”

B. Books

–  ROSOUX, G., Vers une "dématérialisation" des droits fondamentaux? Convergence des droits fondamentaux dans une protection fragmentée, à la lumière du raisonnement du juge constitutionnel belge, 2015, 1072 p.
Towards the dematerialisation of fundamental rights? Convergence of fundamental rights in a fragmented protection, in light of the reasoning of the Belgian constitutional judge

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

1.   17 September 2015, no. 113/2015

  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Vlaamse Codex Ruimtelijke Ordening (art. 6.1.6, § 2, tweede lid, en 6.1.21, § 1)
    Flemish Code Spatial Planning (art. 6.1.6, § 2, second paragraph and 6.1.21, § 1)
  • Violation
  • Keywords: Constitutional Law, Competences of the regions, City development and urban planning, Enforcement measures, High Council for Enforcement Policy, Specific competence regarding the collection of penalty payments, Federal competences, Courts of law, Penalty Payment, Administrative law, Flemish region
  • See: PDF

2.   17 September 2015, no. 116/2015

  • Appeal for annulment
  • Contested legislation: Wet van 26 december 2013 betreffende de invoering van een eenheidsstatuut tussen arbeiders en bedienden inzake de opzeggingstermijnen en de carenzdag en begeleidende maatregelen (art. 70, § 4, en 97 (partim))
    Act of 26 December 2013 concerning the introduction of a united statute between labourers and employees regarding the term of notice and the carenzday and accompanying measures (art. 70, § 4, en 97 (partim))
  • Annulment – Maintenance of the consequences of the annulled provisions
  • Keywords: Social law, Labour law, Labour agreements, Discharge, Term of notice, United statute between labourers and employees, Deviant terms of notice, Labourers of the building sector, Severance payment
  • See: PDF

3.   24 September 2015, no. 127/2015

  • Preliminary question
  • Contested legislation: Art. 171, 5°, a), van het Wetboek van de inkomstenbelastingen 1992, zoals van toepassing op het aanslagjaar 1994
    Art. 171, 5°, a) of the Code on income taxes 1992, as applied to assessment year 1994
  • Violation or no violation, depending on the interpretation
  • Keywords: Fiscal law, Income taxes, Calculation of taxes, Special system of assessment, Separate assessments, Employees and directors of corporations who receive a compensation as a result of the ending of their functions
  • See: PDF

III. Conferences

IV. Calls for papers

  1. Fifth Annual YCC Global Conference held by the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law
  • 18-19 March 2016 at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 October 2015
  • See website
  1. Symposium on quasi-constitutionality and constitutional statutes
  • 19-20 May 2016 at the Pipitea campus of Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law (Old Government Buildings)
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 1 October 2015
  • See website
  1. Symposium on Constitutional Change and Transformation in Africa
  • 9-10 June 2016 on the campus of Kabarak University in Nakuru
  • Deadline for Bibliographical Information and Abstract Submissions: 2 November 2015, with the understanding that the abstract will form the basis of the pre-Symposium draft to be submitted by 4 April 2016.
  • See website
  1. Bicameralism under Pressure: Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures, A Global Symposium in Memory of Gabriella Angiulli
  • 2-3 May 2016 at LUISS Guido Carli University, Viale Romania 32, Rome, Italy
  • Deadline for CV and Abstract Submissions: 30 November 2015. Full drafts of papers will be due by 1 April 2016. 
  • See website
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