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Europe Day 2019

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The 9th of May is Europe Day. Marking the anniversary of the Schuman declaration, it is a celebration of the effort to bring about peace through a new form of political cooperation between the nations of Europe. In 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed the creation of an institution to  manage the production of coal and steel across the nations, a move that is considered to be a major step towards the formation of the European Union that we know today.

For more information, have a look at the Europa page on Europe Day 2019, which also details some of the Open Day’s that will occur in various European cities over the course of the month.

Several Aberdeen Alumni networking events have been organised to coincide with Europe day, with events taking place in several European cities. See the Current and Upcoming Events page for more information.

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.

The Info-Europa Newsletter has been Discontinued: Here are some alternative sources of European Information

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Last October we told you about a useful source of EU information called Info-Europa, a weekly newsletter that collated the latest information on EU legislation and proposed legislation. It was put together by Patrick Overy, who is based at the European Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter. Sadly this newsletter is being discontinued after 420 issues as the London Office of the European Commission which hosts this newsletter is re-designing its website and will no longer be able to host it in future.
An annual roundup of publications from 2015 based on last year’s newsletters is now available on Exeter’s EDC pages. Find it here. This list of official publications is categorised by subject and contains all major Commission documents in the following series: COM(Commission), JOIN (Joint Action), SEC (Secretariat) and SWD (Staff working document), together with a selection of major new pieces of legislation and press releases from the RAPID  database and publications from other EU agencies, including the European Environment Agency and Eurostat.
The format of Info-europa is based on the Spanish newsletter still being produced weekly by Alfonso Moreira of the European Documentation Centre at the University of Valencia . To subscribe send an e-mail to or contact

A good way to keep update is a source we have mentioned before from the European Documentation Centre at the University if Cardiff, European Sources Online, which updates information on a daily basis.

And here are some other sources we haven’t mentioned before:

The Letter from the Robert Schuman Foundation, published in five languages (French, English, German, Spanish and Polish);

Statewatch which monitors all aspects of civil liberties and human rights in Europe. Regular newsletters are mailed to subscribers. The service is free to use but donations are welcome to support their work;

Barcelona’s European Documentation Centre publishes a regular Newsletter  in Catalan, now also available in other European languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. The newsletter categorises information from institutional and independent sources in 22 subject areas. To receive regular alerts go to the subscription page, enter your email, select language and click subscribe;

And finally, The Eurojargon blog by Eric Davies.

Why not have a look!


Aberdeen lecturer’s article in ‘The Conversation’: Why is Sweden tightening its borders after years of welcoming migrants?


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Dr Anders Widfeldt, a lecturer in Nordic Politics at the University, has written an article for The Conversation entitled Why is Sweden tightening its borders after years of welcoming migrants? 

If you are interested in this subject more information can be found on European Sources Online (ESO)Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of information available on the EU, the countries of Europe and the issues of concern to their citizens.  ESO collects information from a wide variety of reliable sources from all over the web and is updated on a daily basis.

Information from the European Union on migration is available here.

Search the European Commission libraries catalogue with Find-eR

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The European Commission library has recently launched a new tool called Find-eR. Both user-friendly and quick Find-eR replaces ECLAS, the European Commission libraries catalogue.

The European Commission Library is a primary source of information on EU policies, history and integration. Although mainly used by staff working in EU institutions, university students and researchers can use it too. Both the library’s print and online material are catalogued.

Find-eR is primarily of use to university users as a way to identify useful sources, however, some of the online publications are freely available.  In addition, in some instances, it may be possible to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.

It is also possible to request access to the reading room in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Why not have a look…