The Rules of the War

The Rules of the War

The war doesn’t exist. At least, not with this denomination. We talk about armed conflicts, their fighters or about the liability to protect. But, even if it sounds incredible, the war is forbidden. As it is reflected in its structure and founding document, the mentality that encouraged the creation of the United Nations after the […]

What is wrong with Ukraine? The refusal to the association agreement with the EU

Ukrainian demonstrator

On the 28th of November, the summit between the European Union and the former soviet republics started in Lithuania. It had the agreement of association with Ukraine as a backdrop. This agreement had been foreseen to be signed at this summit, but the President Yanukóvich, has refused the signature for the time being. This refusal […]

What does Restorative Justice mean?

In recent years, Spanish media has started to focus on the concept of Restorative Justice, mainly because of Nanclares-prison restorative programme for ETA repentant terrorists. A highly recommended book has been written in Spanish by its coordinators, named “Los ojos del otro”, it will be also published in English next year. Restorative Justice is a […]

What is the Government shutdown?

Cierre gobierno EEUU

Few weeks ago we have been hearing about the USA Government shutdown, but what does it exactly mean? Which were the consequences of that shutdown? And why did it happen? A Government shutdown in American politics refers to a temporary halt in government services when lawmakers cannot pass the necessary funding measures in time. In […]

The animal experimentation in the European Union: towards an ethic science

The EU cares about the animal welfare

This issue shows in a clear way, the ability of the European Union to regulate subjects so specifics as the animal experimentation. As we can see, the task done in Brussels has direct impact on the legal systems of the member States. Thereby, if we take a look to the primary Law of the European […]

The Andalusian decree antievictions

Anti Evictions

Last April the Andalusian Regional Government approved a decree under which the homes of the neediest families affected by eviction proceedings initiated by banks will be expropriated by the Regional Government for a maximun period of three years. According to the Regional statement, this measure is inspired and justified through the most elemental human right […]

What is the Self-Determination right?


The Self-Determination Right is one of the most important and controversial principles of International Law. It is defined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1996) as follows: “1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and […]

Pros and cons of the Advice and Consent

John Kerry after receiving approval of the Senate to become secretary of state.

The US Constitution provides that “the Senate advise and consent on key executive and judicial appointments and on the ratification of treaties” (Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2). What’s the advice and consent? In the US is a power of the United States Senate to be consulted on and approve treaties signed and appointments made by the President of the United […]

What is the freedom of movement for workers in the EU?

Freedom of movement

The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) grants on its Article 45 (ex 39 TEC) that “freedom of movement for workers must be secured within the Union”.  Therefore, Member States are not allowed under EU Law to lay down any measures which may lead to a discrimination based on grounds of nationality. […]

What is the Fiscal Cliff?

Fiscal Cliff

The mass media have been talking about this topic for months and the fiscal cliff issue has reached a momentum when last 1st of January 2013 republicans and democrats reached a last-minute agreement avoiding the fiscal cliff to happen. This concept was popularized by the chairman of the Fed, Ben Bernanke when he used it […]

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