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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Trump’s Election Sends Wealth Offshore, Observes Aliant LLP

Aliant, LLP, a Los Angeles-based international law firm, has observed a significant spike in the number of clients moving wealth outside the United States following the presidential election. Donald Trump's successful campaign clinched him the presidency, but his 'America First' foreign policy has raised concerns in the global community and among the affluent Americans.  It [...]

Trinity Western University Law School Receives Positive Ruling in British Columbia

Trinity Western University is pleased with the B.C. Court of Appeal's decision today. The court dismissed an appeal of an earlier decision in favour of TWU by Chief Justice Hinkson. This will allow graduates of the university's proposed law school to practice in B.C. The Court of Appeal, in reaching its decision, concluded the following: [...]

The development by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of the doctrine of supremacy

To gain a better understanding about the basic principles and mechanism of the Court of Justice of the European Union it is important to mention CJEU’s main role which is, ‘ensuring EU law is interpreted and applied the same in every EU country; ensuring countries and EU institutions abide by EU law.’[1] To put it broadly, [...]