Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review

In the fourth instalment of the I-CONnect Year-in-Review series, Luc Lavrysen (Judge at the Belgian Constitutional Court and Full Professor at Ghent University), Jan Theunis (Associate Professor at Hasselt University and law clerk at the Belgian Constitutional Court), Jurgen Goossens (Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University and Assistant Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Pieter Cannoot (Academic Assistant at Ghent University), and Viviane Meerschaert (Legal Officer at the Belgian Constitutional Court) published a report on the developments in Belgian constitutional law of 2015.

See L. Lavrysen, J. Theunis, J. Goossens, P. Cannoot and V. Meerschaert, Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, October 12, 2016, at: http://www.iconnectblog.com/2016/10/developments-in-belgian-constitutional-law-the-year-2015-in-review.

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Monthly Overview – July, August, September 2016

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, (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 Marie DeCock (student assistant, UGent)

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Monthly Overview – June 2016

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 Juan Benjumea Moreno (academic assistant, UGent).

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The two faces of counter-terrorism measures: fundamental rights and freedoms pressurized by counter-terrorism measures

Jasmine Rayée, Sophie Schiettekatte, Dorien Surinx, Judith Vermeulen (master students, UGent), Pieter Cannoot (assistant, UGent) and Dr. Jurgen Goossens (postdoctoral researcher, UGent)

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terrorismFollowing the Paris attacks in November 2015, the Belgian federal government issued a list of counter-terrorism measures to be implemented as a tool to combat the surge of terrorism threats. The proposals, depicted as necessary for the safety and security of the citizens, did not come as a surprise. An increase in anti-terrorism measures can be observed all over Europe and beyond, allegedly justified as part of a state’s obligation under international law to protect its citizens. However, some measures inevitably entail restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms. Are we witnessing an unprecedented pressure on our fundamental constitutional rights? This post will analyse the effect of recent counter-terrorism measures on the right to privacy, the right to freedom and nationality in Belgium. While combating terrorism clearly constitutes a legitimate aim, it is necessary to analyze the proportionality, necessity and efficiency of some measures.

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De keerzijde van de medaille: fundamentele rechten en vrijheden onder druk door anti-terreurmaatregelen

Jasmine Rayée, Sophie Schiettekatte, Dorien Surinx, Judith Vermeulen (masterstudenten, UGent), Pieter Cannoot (assistent, UGent) en Dr. Jurgen Goossens (postdoctoraal onderzoeker, UGent)

terrorismIn de nasleep van de terroristische aanslagen in Parijs in november 2015, heeft de Belgische federale overheid een aantal anti-terreurmaatregelen vooropgesteld om de terrorismedreiging in ons land aan te pakken. Een toename van anti-terreurmaatregelen kan worden waargenomen over het hele Europese continent en daarbuiten, in het kader van de internationaalrechtelijke verplichting voor elke staat om zijn bevolking te beschermen. We kunnen er niet om heen dat sommige van deze maatregelen onvermijdelijk inperkingen van onze fundamentele rechten met zich meebrengen. Staan we oog in oog met een ongeziene druk op onze grondrechten? Deze blogpost zal het effect van de recente anti-terreurmaatregelen op het recht op privacy, vrijheid en nationaliteit analyseren. Hoewel het evident lijkt dat de bestrijding van terrorisme een legitiem doel inhoudt, is het nodig om de proportionaliteit, noodzakelijkheid en efficiëntie van enkele maatregelen te analyseren.

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Monthly Overview – May 2016

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, (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 Elien Verniers (research assistant, UGent).

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Monthly Overview – April 2016

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 Elien Verniers (research assistant, UGent).

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Kleur bekennen: ideologische balans in US Supreme Court en Belgisch Grondwettelijk Hof

Arne Cools, Cédric Labens, Liselotte Leenaerts en Manon Moerman (master studenten UGent), Jurgen Goossens (doctoraal onderzoeker, UGent) en Pieter Cannoot (assistent, UGent)

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SCOTUSDe vraag wie Antonin Scalia, rechter in het Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) zal opvolgen na zijn recentelijk overlijden, verhit al enige tijd de gemoederen in de Verenigde Staten. Er staat dan ook heel wat op het spel.
Een nieuwe rechter binnen SCOTUS kan immers de ideologische balans binnen het Hof doen omslaan. In België is de benoeming van een nieuwe rechter in het Grondwettelijk Hof zelden een hot topic in het maatschappelijk debat. In dit blogbericht analyseren we de belangrijkste gelijkenissen en verschillen tussen het Belgisch Grondwettelijk Hof en SCOTUS inzake verschillende aspecten die betrekking hebben op de politieke of ideologische positie van de rechter. Hoe zijn beide instellingen samengesteld en hoe verloopt de benoemingsprocedure van de rechters? In welke mate hebben politieke en ideologische overtuigingen een waarneembare invloed op de besluitvorming van beide hoven? Ten slotte wordt de mogelijkheid en wenselijkheid onderzocht om, zoals in de VS, dissenting
en concurring opinions in te voeren in het Belgisch Grondwettelijk Hof.

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Ideological balance in US Supreme Court and Belgian Constitutional Court

Arne Cools, Cédric Labens, Liselotte Leenaerts and Manon Moerman (master students UGent), Jurgen Goossens (doctoral researcher, UGent) and Pieter Cannoot (assistant, UGent)

SCOTUS Following his recent passing, the succession of Antonin Scalia, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), has sparked heated discussions in the United States for some time now. After all, there is a lot at stake. A new justice within SCOTUS could shift the ideological balance within the Court. In Belgium, the appointment of a new judge within the Constitutional Court is seldom a hot topic of discussion. This blog post analyzes the main similarities and differences between the Belgian Constitutional Court and SCOTUS regarding various aspects of the political or ideological positioning of the judge. How are both courts composed, and what is the appointment procedure for judges? To what extent do political and ideological convictions have a visible influence on the decision-making process of both courts? Lastly, we will examine the possibility and desirability of introducing dissenting and concurring opinions in the Belgian Constitutional Court, comparable to SCOTUS.

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Monthly Overview – March 2016

Monthly Overview – March 2016

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 Elien Verniers (research assistant, UGent).

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