When Higher Education comes out of lock-down: thoughts on blended learning (examples from EU law teaching)

Universities all over the world have paused their life teaching and academic discourse, closed their libraries, and limited access to their buildings severely. Yet, while the first European states relax their lock-down measures, there is hope that lecture halls, libraries and research seminars may be able to open again, possibly as early as autumn. However, … Continue reading When Higher Education comes out of lock-down: thoughts on blended learning (examples from EU law teaching)

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The island of Ireland and “Brexit” – please take a new approach!

The “Irish problem” dominates the public debate and behind-closed-doors-negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The EU Commission’s draft protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (nicknamed "backstop") remains the only elaborated option (pages 108-116 of the draft withdrawal agreement, still with some blank spaces). However,  any  settlement on its contents remains elusive. The Commission should thus … Continue reading The island of Ireland and “Brexit” – please take a new approach!

New LLM/MA module “The Role of Law in the Future of Europe

This is to distribute some basic information about a brand new module I am able to offer at University College Cork in the academic year 2022/23. It has been opened for a number of LLM / MA programmes, but the students in these programmes will not know me! I have been at UCC from December … Continue reading New LLM/MA module “The Role of Law in the Future of Europe

The US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade – reflections on the role of constitutional courts in federal entities

On 24 June 2022 the US Supreme Court overturned a judgement it had given in the 1970s. Back then, the US Supreme Court found that reproductive self-determination is a human right for women, and that US states must not outlaw abortion. In 2022, the Supreme Court found Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that there … Continue reading The US Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade – reflections on the role of constitutional courts in federal entities

Have the EU and the UK given up on responding to the specific problems of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the withdrawal agreement?

As the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU drag on, heading to a last minute fix in late October 2018, one cannot help but worry what this will do to the island of Ireland. Just to recall, this island will be divided by an external EU border as a result of the UK's … Continue reading Have the EU and the UK given up on responding to the specific problems of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the withdrawal agreement?

26 February 2018: Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of Brexit….some comments

Is there a vision in Jeremy Corbyn's much reported speech on "Brexit"? And  – what will it mean for the island of Ireland? This blog uses parts of the speech of 26 February 2018 (copy pasted from https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/full-text-jeremy-corbyns-brexit-speech-2/ text in italics and and bold) in an attempt to make sense of the new positioning of … Continue reading 26 February 2018: Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of Brexit….some comments