Monthly Archives: May 2016

World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

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the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences today in Istanbul.

Today, some 125 million men, women and children worldwide are in need of humanitarian aid. At this critical time, the international community will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May to rethink the way relief aid is delivered. As a major humanitarian donor and key policy-setter, the EU has an important role to play and has agreed with its Member States on a common vision for how to reshape the global humanitarian system.

You can follow live coverage of the event at the official WHS website.

Check out the video below for a short summary on the role the EU will play at this global event.

Need help finding European case law ?

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The European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) facilitates the correct and unequivocal citation of judgments from EU and Member State courts. A set of uniform metadata helps to improve search facilities for case law. Before ECLI, it was difficult and time-consuming to find relevant case law. Take, for example, a case where a ruling of the Supreme Court of Member State A was known to be of interest for a specific legal debate. The case was registered in various national and cross-border case law databases, but in each database the ruling had a different identifier. Easy access to judicial decisions of other Member States is of growing importance in reinforcing the role of the national judge in applying and upholding EU law. Searching for, and citation of judgments from other Member States is seriously hampered by differences in national case law identification systems, citation rules and technical fields describing the characteristics of a judgment. To overcome these differences and to facilitate easy access to – and citation of – national, foreign and European case law, the Council of the European Union invited Member States and EU institutions to introduce the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) and a minimum set of uniform metadata for case law. The ECLI search engine, hosted on the European e-Justice Portal, allows users to search for legal decisions/judgments with an assigned ECLI identifier.

Study conducted by UoA’s Centre for Private International Law Published by European Parliament

studyA study entitled ‘The Evidentiary Effects of Authentic Acts in the Member States of the European Union, in the Context of Successions’, has been published online by the European Parliament.

The paper is the outcome of a European Parliament funded project undertaken by University of Aberdeen Law School staff Members Prof. Paul Beaumont, Dr. Jonathan Fitchen and Jayne Holliday LLM. It is one of three ongoing projects of the Centre for Private International Law.

A discussion of the study will take place in Brussels in December 2016 with Dr. Jonathan Fitchen in attendance.

For more background information have a look here, and the study itself is available to read here.

Free Access to National Library of Scotland Digital Collections

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Did you know that you can register with The National Library of Scotland to access a wide range of licensed digital collections?  Provided your main address is in Scotland you can use many of these digital collections from any computer meaning you do not have to make a special trip to the NLS in Edinburgh.

You can use these digital collections to do subject searches.

So for anyone interested in the EU and the referendum, for example, three resources could be of interest:

Brill

Humanities International Complete

JSTOR

The NLS also has a web page with resources relating to the European Union and the forthcoming referendum.

So if you live in Scotland , why not register for free and have a browse?

Phasing-out roaming charges within EU

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Mobile roaming charges in the EU are set to end completely by mid-June 2017, and as of 30th April this year rates will be capped at a reduced rate as part of the phase-out process.

Commission Vice-President Ansip had this to say:

We’re in the home stretch now before the end of roaming charges in 2017. This is not only about Europeans saving money, this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market.

For details of the changes, you can read more in this section of Europa (example costs are in Euros). Read about the Digital Single Market here.