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Traineeships at the European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), based in Luxembourg, audits the European Union’s finances.  The ECA offers both paid and unpaid traineeships lasting from three to five months. Those interested can now apply for traineeships starting in September. For traineeships that begin on:

  • 1 September 2018, applications may be submitted from 1 April–31 May 2018
  • 1 February 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 September–31 October 2018
  • 1 May 2019, applications may be submitted from 1 December 2018-31 January 2019.

Further details and eligibility criteria are available here.

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EUR-Lex – tip

A new feature on EUR-Lex  will be of interest to anyone following an EU legislative procedure closely.  There is a now an option in “My EUR-Lex account” enabling you to follow legislative procedures via RSS.  Just click on the “Follow this procedure” button in the “procedure view” to create a custom RSS feed that will alert you whenever a new event has been added.

EUR-Lex accounts are free and easy to set up. Just click on the “Register” button on the top right of the Eur-Lex homepage.

Find out more about RSS feeds on EUR-Lex here or have a look at this short tutorial, but keep in mind that it was produced before the new feature was added.

Handbook on European law relating to access to justice

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FRA, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, has published a handbook on access to justice which is now available in 22 EU languages. The handbook summarises key European legal principles in the area of access to justice, focusing on civil and criminal law. It is designed to serve as a practical guide for lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners involved in litigation in the EU, as well as for individuals who work for non-governmental organisations and other entities that deal with the administration of justice.

Read the pdf version here or find our copy on the shelves in Taylor Library.

Reminder of tonight’s guest lecture on the legal questions posed by Brexit

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Just a reminder that Dr. Holger Hestermeyer (Kings College London) will be giving his lecture How will Brexit Happen? Legal Questions Faced by the UK this evening at 6pm in New Kings (NK1)

Abstract:

In a referendum held in the UK on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating electorate voted to leave the European Union. The number of legal questions raised by the referendum are breathtaking. This presentation tackles three of them: First, it discusses questions of UK constitutional law involved in deciding to leave the Union, namely the role of referenda, sovereignty of Parliament, the scope of the royal prerogative and devolution. Second, the basic EU law rules concerning the withdrawal process as contained in Art. 50 of the TEU will be presented. These involve issues such as the start of the negotiations, their content, length, how they will be conducted and whether the UK can conclude trade agreements during the Art. 50 negotiations process. Finally, the “fallback” option – the status of the UK in the WTO will be covered.

The Brexit Case: The Reasoning, Implications and Potential Consequences of the High Court’s Judgment

Another interesting article from the Law School on the High Court’s Judgement in ‘the Brexit case’. This one by Dr. Robert Brett Taylor, is an expanded version of a piece that appeared in last Friday’s Press and Journal (04/11/16).

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This post is by Dr Robert Brett Taylor. It is an expanded version of his note that appeared in the Press & Journal on Friday 4 November 2016.

Following the decision of 52% of the UK electorate to exit the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May has been steadfast in her belief that the power to initiate the UK’s exit from the EU lay with the Government under the ‘royal prerogative’ and not with Parliament. On Thursday 3 November 2016, however, the High Court of Justice in England gave its highly anticipated judgment in the Brexit Case (R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin)), ruling that the UK Government must seek parliamentary approval before exiting the EU. This blog post will briefly outline the reasoning of the High Court in reaching its decision, as…

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Free guest lecture on the legal questions posed by Brexit

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On Tuesday 8th November the School of Law will host a free public lecture by Dr. Holger Hestermeyer of Kings College London. The title of the talk is How will Brexit Happen? Legal Questions Faced by the UK. See the abstract below for details:

In a referendum held in the UK on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating electorate voted to leave the European Union. The number of legal questions raised by the referendum are breathtaking. This presentation tackles three of them: First, it discusses questions of UK constitutional law involved in deciding to leave the Union, namely the role of referenda, sovereignty of Parliament, the scope of the royal prerogative and devolution. Second, the basic EU law rules concerning the withdrawal process as contained in Art. 50 of the TEU will be presented. These involve issues such as the start of the negotiations, their content, length, how they will be conducted and whether the UK can conclude trade agreements during the Art. 50 negotiations process. Finally, the “fallback” option – the status of the UK in the WTO will be covered.

The event will be held in New Kings (NK1), 6pm-8pm. Booking is not required.

If you have any questions about the event please contact:
Suzi Warren
Research, Commercial and Events Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273421
Email: smjwarren@abdn.ac.uk

 

ELSA Aberdeen hosting a panel discussion on the “Democratic Issues Arising in the Aftermath of the BREXIT Referendum”

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The European Law Students’ Association’s  Aberdeen branch will be hosting this free event on the 28th October from 6pm at New Kings 6.

The panel members are:

Dr Robert Taylor
Prof Michael Keating
Prof Paul Beaumont
Ross Thomson MSP

ELSA is  the world’s largest independent law students’ association. Information about the Aberdeen University and branch and more details of the event are available here

Using EUR-Lex – help is available

EUR-Lex is the official EU database for accessing  EU law.   It is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts,  case law and parliamentary questions. It also gives access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

Help on using the different search options and features on EUR-Lex is available by watching these informative online tutorials.  We have also produced our own guide.

However if you are just looking for someplace where EU is explained for a general audience in a concise and jargon-free language a good place to start is here.

Here is an example of one of the online tutorials.  Why not have a look.

Guest Lecture on Scotland’s Options for Brexit

 

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A free public lecture on Scotland’s options for Brexit, hosted by the School of Law,  will take place at the University’s Regent Lecture Theatre  from 6pm to 8pm this evening.  Admission is free and there is no need to book.

The lecture will be given by Professor Sir David Edward who is a member of the Standing Council on Europe set up by the First Minister following the result of the Referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.  Further information is available here.

 

 

 

New publications in the EU Bookshop

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New publications are constantly being added to the EU Bookshop on a huge variety of subjects . they are mostly authored by EU institutions or individuals endorsed by them. PDFs and E-books of EU Bookshop titles are free to download and there are  around 190,000 to choose from!

Below are a few examples that may be of interest to law students:

And some other things:

If your studies relate to the EU then check the Bookshop regularly for the
latest information.