The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.  The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU … Continue reading The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

Countering illegal hate speech online

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them. What is the aim of this Code of Conduct? Each of the IT companies (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, … Continue reading Countering illegal hate speech online

The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic … Continue reading The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

European Commission acts to preserve the rule of law in Poland

The European Commission acts today to protect the rule of law in Poland. The Commission substantiates its grave concerns on the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland in a Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities. In the Commission's assessment, this reform amplifies the systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland already … Continue reading European Commission acts to preserve the rule of law in Poland

Applicable Choice of Law – Lex Mercatoria or Vienna Convention

The ‘Law Merchant’ or lex mercatoria as known in the earliest times and its applicability in the legal sphere represents a topic of great interest among the academics in this specific area. The scope here is to answer the question whether lex mercatoria can be an applicable choice of law and bring it into contrast … Continue reading Applicable Choice of Law – Lex Mercatoria or Vienna Convention

Supreme Court of Louisiana – Uniformity Provision Prevails

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Louisiana issued a verdict relating to a St. Martin Parish case that ultimately changed a statute impacting a completely different parish, East Feliciana Parish. In Arrow Aviation Company, LLC v. St. Martin Parish School Board, the issue at dispute is the taxability of repair services performed in … Continue reading Supreme Court of Louisiana – Uniformity Provision Prevails