French Patent Cases in English

Véron & Associés, a French patent litigation firm, maintains a database of  French patent court opinions translated into English. The judgments are from Parisian district courts, court of appeals, and the Cour de Cassation.  Years of coverage are 2001 through 2012. The quality of the translations is excellent, preserving the substance of the legal holdings without sacrificing readability. They also provide copies of the original French language opinions.

French Patent Case Law in English:
http://www.frenchpatentcaselaw.info/
http://www.veron.com/en/FPCL.asp

Hat tip to Jean Gasnault

Top Employers for Energy Law in Germany

Azur magazine’s latest issue profiles the top law firms, corporations, and government agencies in Germany working on energy law. This issue also includes an article on energy project planning in Germany and the EU. All materials are in German.

Azur JUVE Karrieremagazin für junge Juristen
01/2011
Top-Arbeitgeber im Energiewirtschaftsrecht (Best Employers in Energy Law)
Parissa Kerkhoff
pages 57-61.

The article is not online, but Azur’s homepage is available at:

http://www.azur-online.de/nachrichten/

 

 

Documentary on Jean Monnet

Professor Don Smith of the University of Denver Strum College of Law has produced and posted a 90 minute documentary  on the life of Jean Monnet, one of the architects of the European Community. The film provides an interesting look into the genesis of the institutions that produced the European Union and the remarkable life of Jean Monnet.

Jean Monnet Father of Europe

http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/jean-monnet-father-of-europe

From the project description:

Jean Monnet has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union.

Jean Monnet’s concept of “European community” was aimed at ending the ceaseless wars on the European continent and enhancing prosperity. And yet today in Europe – to say nothing of the rest of the world – Monnet is often a forgotten historical figure, his contributions to peace and prosperity in Europe largely overlooked.

In commemoration of this 20th century giant, 18 months ago Don C. Smith, who teaches “European Union Law & Policy” and “European Union Environmental Law & Policy” at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, embarked on an effort to produce a video documentary explaining who Monnet was and what his legacy is.

Mr. Smith’s interviews capture the observations and insight of those who worked with Monnet in the key years of the 1950s as well as individuals who have been influenced by Monnet’s contributions to European integration.

hat tip to Joan Policastri

Curious footnote: Legal Research at French Law Firms

Prof. Pierre-Yves Gautier’s book chapter ” The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe” includes this curious endnote:

“It is the author’s understanding that in some of the major law firms in France partners prohibit junior solicitors from doing research mostly on the internet or databases. Research must always start on paper.”

See Pierre -Yves Gautier. The Influence of Scholarly Writing Upon the Courts in Europe in Mary Hiscock and William van Canegem (eds.). The Internationalisation of Law: Legislating ,  Decision-Making, Practice and Education. Edward Elgar, 2010. page 210.

Perhaps some  of our readers in France or those with experience in Parisian firms could confirm this. If true, I wonder if cost or research methodology is the primary motivation for restricting online resources?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EU: Brussels Blogger Study 2010

Waggener Edstrom has published a 16 page report on influential bloggers on European Union affairs. You may request a copy at the following link :

Brussels Blogger Study 2010: The Influence Index

http://www.waggeneredstrom.eu/influence

The top 5 blogs:

BBC Gavin Hewitt’s Europe

FT Brussels Blog

The Digger

Fistfulof Euros

Jon Worth/Euroblog

French Bill No.2520 of 2010 on burqas and niqabs

Here is the full-text (in French) of the May 19th, 2010 bill passed by the French National Assembly on July 13th that prohibits covering one’s face in public.

Projet de loi 2520: Interdisant la dissimulation du visage dans l’espace public. 19 mai 2010

Le présent projet de loi interdisant la dissimulation du visage dans l’espace public, délibéré en conseil des ministres après avis du Conseil d’État, sera présenté à l’Assemblée nationale par la ministre d’État, garde des sceaux, ministre de la justice et des libertés, qui sera chargée d’en exposer les motifs et d’en soutenir la discussion.

Article 1er

Nul ne peut, dans l’espace public, porter une tenue destinée à dissimuler son visage.

Article 2

I. – Pour l’application de l’article 1er, l’espace public est constitué des voies publiques ainsi que des lieux ouverts au public ou affectés à un service public.

II. – L’interdiction édictée à l’article 1er ne s’applique pas si la tenue est prescrite par une loi ou un règlement, si elle est autorisée pour protéger l’anonymat de l’intéressé, si elle est justifiée par des raisons médicales ou des motifs professionnels, ou si elle s’inscrit dans le cadre de fêtes ou de manifestations artistiques ou traditionnelles.

Article 3

La méconnaissance de l’interdiction édictée à l’article 1er est punie de l’amende prévue pour les contraventions de la deuxième classe.

L’obligation d’accomplir le stage de citoyenneté mentionné au 8° de l’article 131-16 du code pénal peut être prononcée en même temps ou à la place de la peine d’amende.

Article 4

Au chapitre V (« Des atteintes à la dignité de la personne ») du titre II du livre II du code pénal, il est créé une section 1 ter ainsi rédigée :

« Section 1 ter

« De l’instigation à dissimuler son visage

« Art. 225-4-10. – Le fait, par menace, violence ou contrainte, abus de pouvoir ou abus d’autorité, d’imposer à une personne, en raison de son sexe, de dissimuler son visage est puni d’un an d’emprisonnement et de 15 000 € d’amende.

Article 5

Les dispositions des articles 1er à 3 entrent en vigueur à l’expiration d’un délai de six mois suivant la promulgation de la présente loi.

Article 6

La présente loi s’applique sur l’ensemble du territoire de la République.

Article 7

Le Gouvernement remettra au Parlement un rapport sur l’application de la présente loi dix-huit mois après sa publication. Ce rapport présentera les mesures d’accompagnement mises en œuvre par les pouvoirs publics ainsi que les difficultés rencontrées.

Text of the bill is available online at:

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/projets/pl2520.asp

Legislative reports and other legislative history documents available at:

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/dossiers/dissimulation_visage_espace_public.asp

Report: Data Protection in the European Union

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a report on data protection.

Data Protection in the European Union: Role of National Data Protection Authorities. Strengthening the Fundamental Rights Architecture in the EU II

http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/attachments/Data-protection_en.pdf

Report on the Long-Term future of the European Union

The European Union recently released the following report:

Project Europe 2030: Challenges and Opportunities. A report to the European Council by the Reflection Group on the Future of the EU 2030.

http://www.reflectiongroup.eu/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/reflection_en_web.pdf

Report Chapters:

RENEWING EUROPE’S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL MODEL

GROWTH THROUGH KNOWLEDGE: EMPOWERING THE INDIVIDUAL…

THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOGRAPHY: AGEING, MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION

ENERGY SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL SECURITY: THE ETERNAL CHALLENGE

EUROPE IN THE WORLD: BECOMING AN ASSERTIVE PLAYER

THE EU AND ITS CITIZENS

BUILDING ON THE EU’S STRENGTHS

Members of the Reflection Group and authors of the report:

Felipe González Márquez, Chairman

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Vice-Chair

Jorma Ollila, Vice-Chair

Lykke Friis (until November 2009)

Rem Koolhaas

Richard Lambert

Mario Monti

Rainer Münz

Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Nicole Notat

Wolfgang Schuster

Lech Wałęsa

European Parliament Video: Legislative Amendment Process

Europarl TV has produced a short 2 minute and 30 second video on the legislative amendment process in the European Parliament. 

The Art of the Amendment

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/story_page/008-72110-096-04-15-901-20100406STO72099-2010-06-04-2010/default_en.htm

New café, jaunty carpet with Supreme Court Attached

Times of London has published its law student winning essay on the new UK Supreme Court and British constitutional law.

New Café, Jaunty Carpet with Supreme Court Attached. Supreme Court UK: radical change or business as usual?

Anita Davies, law student at City University

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/student/article7057610.ece

Excerpts from the article:

H.W.R Wade, in his 1955 article The Basis of Legal Sovereignty, stated that Parliamentary sovereignty based its legitimacy upon political fact and could be changed only by revolution. In his 1996 article Sovereignty — Revolution or Evolution? he argued that such a revolution, albeit a quiet one, had indeed taken place.

In recent years judges have been increasingly assertive in recognising the possibility that there may be times when it is valid for the courts to challenge Parliament. In the 2005 fox hunting case, Jackson v Attorney-General, Lord Steyn referred to the possibility of “constitutional fundamentals”, which even a sovereign parliament could not abolish.

Seen in this light, the opening of the Supreme Court is a symbolic recognition that the framework of constitutional and political debate has already shifted to a considerable extent. There is little doubt that the new name and location will have an effect on the role of the newly appointed judges, it would be extraordinary if it did not.

But the tools they use to fulfil their role, and potentially exercise judicial authority more assertively, have existed for some years. The pleasing new symmetry of Parliament Square has been referenced by a number of commentators; justice on the one side, government on the other and Westminster Abbey facing both. This new layout can also be seen as symbolic of an evolving legal order best described by Dawn Oliver; where Parliament is “no longer at the apex of a simple hierarchy of simple legal norms” but at the centre of a web of developing relationships between different laws and rules from various sources.