Centralized crisis management in disintegrative federations: COVID-19 policy in Belgium

The COVID-19 pandemic raises a crucial question for federal systems: how can the government respond quickly and coordinated if powers are spread across different levels? The question becomes even more urgent in divided states with disintegrative dynamics. Such systems easily turn into what Requejo calls ‘distrust federalism’. The fundamental distrust between the entities raises extra … Continue reading Centralized crisis management in disintegrative federations: COVID-19 policy in Belgium

Myriam Hunter-Henin – Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy – Comparative Reflections from Britain and France for a Democratic “Vivre Ensemble” (Hart Publishing, Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, 2020)

Should an employee be allowed to wear a religious symbol at work? Should a religious employer be allowed to impose constraints on employees' private lives for the sake of enforcing a religious work ethos? Should an employee or service provider be allowed, on religious grounds, to refuse to work with customers of the opposite sex … Continue reading Myriam Hunter-Henin – Why Religious Freedom Matters for Democracy – Comparative Reflections from Britain and France for a Democratic “Vivre Ensemble” (Hart Publishing, Hart Studies in Comparative Public Law, 2020)

Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis

‘In each case a choice has to be made and, in making it, it is necessary to consider the needs of more than one person.’ UCL Hospitals NHS FT v MB (Rev 1) (2020) EWHC (QB) 882 There is little new to be seen within the current pandemic crisis across Europe: various human tragedies continue … Continue reading Far from unprecedented? The rationing of healthcare in Italy and the UK during the Covid-19 emergency: a human rights analysis

THE IMPORTANCE OF URGENT INTERIM ORDERS IN CONTESTING FRENCH GOVERNMENT RULES ON COVID-19

The juge des référés is, in principle, the judge of interim orders. As Art. L511-1 CJA (French administrative justice code) states, he ‘decides by means of measures which have a provisional character’. But this simple description does not give the full picture. There are decisions which are provisional – a stay of execution in a … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF URGENT INTERIM ORDERS IN CONTESTING FRENCH GOVERNMENT RULES ON COVID-19

Covid-19 and the Risks of Decentralisation:Crisis Management as Central-Local Risk Management in China

The threat posed by the coronavirus crisis is a holistic one – and so must be the response to it. Covid-19 prevention and control thus should be undertaken by all levels of government: not only national and international, but also subnational local units. Even the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the world’s largest centralist and … Continue reading Covid-19 and the Risks of Decentralisation:Crisis Management as Central-Local Risk Management in China

International and pluri-disciplinary symposium

Coronavirus – Covid-19 Constitutional, political and social threats and challenges in France and the United Kingdom Hosted by: Panthéon-Assas University (Paris – France) on 27 May 2021 & Centre for British Politics and Government, King’s College (London – UK) on 10 June 2021 Co-organised by Aurélien Antoine (Jean-Monnet St Étienne University/Lyon University), Andrew Blick (King’s … Continue reading International and pluri-disciplinary symposium

Divided We Fall? – Division and Coordination in Federal Systems During a Time of Crisis

Federal systems divide power between a federal government and subsidiary state governments. One of the animating purposes of dividing power in this way is to protect individual liberty against the risk of tyranny and authoritarianism that necessarily attends the creation of a new State. In theory, it is the rivalry between federal and state governments … Continue reading Divided We Fall? – Division and Coordination in Federal Systems During a Time of Crisis

Platform workers and coronavirus in UK and France

Covid-19 is a global crisis in a globalised world. Everybody is affected, all countries, all economies, all sectors, all legal orders. Platform workers are particularly impacted. Around the world, newspapers denounce gig economy working conditions and report some deaths (see for instance the Guardian in the UK or les Echos in France). The lack of … Continue reading Platform workers and coronavirus in UK and France

Proportionality in Action: Comparative and Empirical Perspectives on the Judicial Practice (Cambridge University Press 2020)

Proportionality is one of the most important global constitutional principles of our time, yet there has been nearly no systematic research on the actual application of the doctrine in judicial practice. The research angle of most publications on proportionality is normative in nature, evaluating the virtues and vices of the doctrine as the framework for … Continue reading Proportionality in Action: Comparative and Empirical Perspectives on the Judicial Practice (Cambridge University Press 2020)

D. Dragos et al., The Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law (Palgrave Macmillan 2020)

Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law attempts for the first time to engage in a comparative assessment of the different models employed in order to tackle the administrative silence in administrative law.  The comparative work is the first on this theme to tackle both the legal aspects and some empirical evidence of how the … Continue reading D. Dragos et al., The Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law (Palgrave Macmillan 2020)