Der partei­ordnungs­rechtliche Schnitt ins eigene Fleisch

Die Parteizentralen von FDP und CDU konnten offenbar nur mit erheblicher Mühe gegenüber den Landesverbänden und Landtagsfraktionen ihre Linie durchsetzen, nicht mit der AfD zu kooperieren. Sogar der Ausschluss des gesamten Landesverbandes Thüringen der CDU soll nach Presseberichten in der CDU-Führung diskutiert worden sein. Gegenüber solchen parteiordnungsrechtlichen weapons of mass destruction herrscht allerdings eine verständliche Zurückhaltung aus Gründen der innerparteilichen Demokratie.

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The Elephant in the Room

The ECtHR’s Grand Chamber judgement N.D. and N.T. v. Spain may be perceived as a referral of two migrants from illegal to legal pathways of entry, two migrants who were not in need of protection. Those celebrating the judgement for this outcome miss its unsettling implications for the effective guarantee of the principle of non-refoulement.

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Volume 8, Issue 3


November 2019


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Global Constitutionalism

Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

  • The constitutions of international organisations: How institutional design seeks to foster diplomatic deliberation
    DIANA PANKE, FRANZISKA HOHLSTEIN, GURUR POLAT
  • The transnational dimension of constitutional rights: Framing and taming ,private' governance beyond the state
    LARS VIELLECHNER
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Der Elefant im Raum

Man kann das Urteil N.D. und N.T. gg. Spanien der großen Kammer des EGMR so sehen, dass hier zwei auf illegalen Wegen angekommene, nicht schutzbedürftige Migranten auf legale Zugangswege verwiesen wurden. Wer es dafür feiert, übersieht die unvertretbaren Implikationen, die das Urteil für die effektive Gewährleistung des Refoulement-Verbots hat.

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Private (Transnational) Power without Authority

On 9 September 2019 Facebook banned from its platforms all pages and profiles related to the Italian far-right organization “CasaPound”, for the violation of its Community Standard no. 12 (hate speech and incitement to violence). On 11 December 2019, the Tribunal of Rome (ToR) adopted the precautionary measure ordering Facebook Ireland Ltd. to restore the pages and their content and to pay the losses. The decision raises significant issues in several respects and might serve as a model to courts beyond Italy.

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A Restrictionist Revolution?

The immediate response to the ECtHR’s N.D. & N.T.-Judgment on ‘Hot Expulsions’ at the Spanish-Moroccan Border was shock and dismay – but the decision can also be read differently: as defined by a series of inbuilt ambiguities that combine restrictionist tendencies with dynamic elements, which are bound to cause heated debates of both principle and practice in the coming years.

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Wehrhafte Demokratie oder Entmachtung der parlamentarischen Minderheit?

Den Anfängen soll gewehrt werden. So weit, so gut. Der Eilantrag der SPD-Fraktion im nordrhein-westfälischen Landtag unter dem schmissig-sperrigen Titel „Keine Thüringer Verhältnisse in Nordrhein-Westfalen – Demokraten müssen sich von der AfD distanzieren – keine Form der Zusammenarbeit!“ vom 10. Februar 2020 wirft allerdings einige Fragen auf. Die entscheidende ist: Bedarf es wirklich eines verfassungsrechtlich heiklen förmlichen (Rechts-)Akts, um Haltung zu zeigen?

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The Italian Constitutional Court Opens Up to Hear the Voice of Civil Society

On January 8 2020, the Italian Constitutional Court gave civil society a voice on the issues discussed before it. The Court amended the regulations governing the conduct of proceedings before it and puts itself in a position where it is able take account of expert opinions as well as civil society stakeholders.

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A Painful Slap from the ECtHR and an Urgent Opportunity for Spain

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights shockingly endorses a practice which opposes the core principles of International Law and the protection of fundamental rights. This decision repeals a previous ECtHR judgement of 2017 which had condemned push-backs and which Spain had asked to be referred to the Grand Chamber. But all hope is not lost: The Spanish Constitutional Court will rule on the “rejections at the border” provision in the near future and has the chance to uphold Spain’s international legal obligations.

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