POSTS BY Mattias Kumm

An Empire of Capital? Transatlantic Investment Protection as the Institutionalization of Unjustified Privilege

The field of investor state arbitration is historically connected to purposes and contexts, which are strikingly different from the contemporary world of trade and investment relations between liberal constitutional democracies. What might conceivably have been a mutually useful policy instrument in the relationship between developing and developed countries has no plausible role to play in the relationship between developed liberal constitutional democracies. The idea of investment arbitration as a field with its own separate dispute resolution infrastructure should be seen as an inherently dubious transitional phenomenon that deserves to wither away over time, rather than being reformed.

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Why Armstrong is wrong and there IS in fact a legal duty to appoint Juncker

Thankfully the Treaties provide the basis for leaving behind the ancien régime of executive federalism and pushes towards a more democratic politics in Europe. Ironically the path to a brighter democratic future in Europe depends to a nontrivial extent on the Council acting in conformity with its duty to nominate a perhaps less than inspiring steady hand of the past as Commission President.

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Why Armstrong is wrong and there IS in fact a legal duty to appoint Juncker

Thankfully the Treaties provide the basis for leaving behind the ancien régime of executive federalism and pushes towards a more democratic politics in Europe. Ironically the path to a brighter democratic future in Europe depends to a nontrivial extent on the Council acting in conformity with its duty to nominate a perhaps less than inspiring steady hand of the past as Commission President.

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Why the Council is under a legal duty to propose Juncker as a Commission President

The German Chancellor has stated that she would “conduct all negotiations with a view to ensuring that Claude Juncker becomes President”. But the qualifications she continues to make suggest that she very much remains willing to hide behind Cameron and a minority of other leaders to aim for “a compromise” that will leave democratic aspirations in Europe severely harmed. Citizens have good reasons to be concerned.

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„Eine parlamentarisch verantwortliche Regierung für Europa“

Wenn Sie an Europa im Jahr 2023 denken – woran denken Sie da? Es gibt drei Szenarien, glaube ich. In dem ersten Szenario sehe ich eine europäische Regierung, die nach hartem parlamentarischem Kampf und Versuchen, die Bevölkerung zu ihren Gunsten zu mobilisieren, erklärt, warum diese oder jene politische Entscheidung richtig war. Ich sehe ein Europa, […]

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Rettungsschirm für Grundrechte: Anmerkungen von MATTIAS KUMM

Ungarns Ministerpräsident Victor Orban und die von ihm kontrollierte Regierungspartei Fidesz sind seit der letzten Parlamentswahl 2010, bei der sie 53% der Wählerstimmen aber 68% der Sitze im Parlament auf sich vereinen konnten, dabei, das ungarische Verfassungssystem neu auszurichten. Dabei etabliert die Regierungspartei die Kontrolle über die Gerichte und das Justizsystem, die Medien und das […]

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