French Government White Paper on Energy and Climate Change

The French Department of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning and the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment will organize a conference of experts conference (July 2-3, 2009) to study the implementation and economic impact of measures to combat climate change. In preparation for the conference, they have published a white paper on energy and climate change. Materials are available only in French. The Conference Website also includes a bibliography of online sources in multiple languages on climate change.

Livre Blanc en  Vue de la Conference  D’Experts Sur La Contribution Climat-Énergie

Conference of Experts on Climate and Energy

New journal: European Labour Law Journal

Intersentia Publishing will release the inaugural voluem of European Labour Law Journal later in 2009. No word on subscription price yet. The first issue will publish papers presented at the Future of Labour Law in Europe Conference in June, 2009.

European Labour Law Journal

About the European Labour Law Journal

The European Labour Law Journal is set to increase and foster the debate on the future of labour law in Europe and to increase the knowledge of labour law.

It aims to better define the role of labour law in Europe and in light of a European Social Model which can provide solutions for the challenges facing the EU and its Member States, requiring a good combination of economic market performance and quality of life, good work and social justice.

In order to contribute to this, the Journal is set to study European labour law in its national, EU and international contexts. Current and future developments in Europe and the world necessitate a fundamental investigation of labour law in the EU and its Member States, and of the basic principles of labour law in Europe.

The Journal fills an existing gap in the academic community. Although there are many national and some internationally oriented labour law journals, none of them specifically addresses the EU as a central focus of attention, including developments of labour law in the EU at the level of the Member States.


The European Labour Law Journal aims to be a leading academic journal in the area of European labour law and social policy. European labour law is viewed in a wide sense. It includes labour law at the European Union level as well as labour law in the Member States. It also pays attention to developments of labour law at a more global level and its relevance for the EU and its Member States. These various levels are seen as intrinsically connected and mutually interdependent.

The scope of the Journal is confined with:


EU labour law and social policy taken in its internal and external dimension;


The interaction between EU labour law and Member States’ labour law, including relevant national developments of labour law;


Developments of labour law in doctrine and policy at a global level and their relevance for labour law in Europe;


Cross-disciplinary developments relating to social policy and industrial relations and their relevance for labour law in Europe.

Attention is paid to developments at the level of policy, legislation, case law as well as academic doctrine.

eYou Guide – European Union Guide to Internet Rights

The European Commission has created a Web site for citizens to learn about EU Internet law, e-commerce,  privacy rights online, and copying digital content. Although not designed for attorneys, the site does link to the full-text of legislation and case law mentioned in the text.

eYou Guide to your rights online


Examples of questions addresed by eYouGuide site:

Protecting privacy

Tips and precautions you should take in order to prevent misuse of your personal information online.

Can the company that provides my internet connection see which sites I visit? If so, how do they use this information?

What you should know about the consumer contracts, unfair terms and delivery of goods bought online.

Shopping online

When buying goods/services online, what are the consequences of clicking “I have read and approved the terms & conditions”?

Safety & security

Concerns about the security of your computer, Internet connection or safety of your online payments.

What are the risks of using social networking websites?

Copyright & IPR

What you should know about your rights and obligations related to music files, movies, CDs and DVDs and books online.

Can I lawfully copy images and texts I found on the internet?   

Can I record streaming video and audio?

Disabled, older people

Access to and use of online services for older people and people with disabilities.

I am a blind user and sometimes I have difficulties accessing some literary or artistic works online. What can I do about this?

Who’s liable?

How to find who is responsible for illegal content online and for faulty goods sold or advertised on the internet.

Can an online seller be held liable for faulty products?

Who is going to pay for the damages caused by a defective product bought online?

International Climate Policy and Carbon Markets Newsletter

The Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change issues a free newsletter to help keep up on climate change law developments: “International Climate Policy and Carbon Markets.”

Newsletter description:

International Climate Policy and Carbon Market is a bi-monthly report aimed to show and analyze clearly the evolution frame of the carbon market, and the international and domestic climate policy measures around the world.


The report is drafted in four sections focused on i) international negotiations and national policies, ii) European and international energy policy, iii) flexible mechanisms and developing countries, and finally, iv) the valuation of the carbon price in the European and global market

International Climate Policy and Carbon Markets Newsletter

Centre for German Legal Information

The Centre for German Legal Information provides links to English language versions of German statutes, regulations, and court opinions. A small number of state laws and court decisions are also available.  The site also lists links to government ministries, courts, bar associations, and legal research portals.

Centre for German Legal Information

Law Library session at IFLA Conference

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Conference in Turin, Italy is offering the following FCIL related session on Tuesday, August 25, 2009: Law Libraries inItaly: the Italian legal system, basics and new trends.

More information available at the  IFLA Conference Programme Webiste:

Test your knowledge of Germany. German Citizenship Test

The Berlin newspaper, Die Welt,  posted online questions from the German citizenship test for foreigners. Quite a few questions are law related.  All questions are in German.  Here is a sample question:

Welches Recht gehoert zu den Grundrechten in Deutschland?

Which of the following is a fundamental right in Germany?


A.  Waffenbesitz  (owning firearms )

B.  Faustrecht   (might makes right)

C.  Meinungsfreiheit  (freedom of expression)

D.  Selbsjustiz  (vigilante justice)

You will have to take the test to find out the correct answer. Viel Glück.

Die Welt

Einbürgerungstest (Citizenship Test)



More on Access to Information in the European Union

For those of you following the EU’s evolving policy on Access to Information (blogged about here and here), there are new developments.  This from Statewatch:

EU: Access to documents (Regulation 1049/2001): European Parliament’s Civil Liberties (LIBE) report proposing amendments to the Commission’s proposals (19.2.09, pdf) and Statewatch’s Analysis of the LIBE amendments (pdf) by Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex. see also: Council discussions: Statewatch analysis: Discussion of the new Access to Documents Regulation in the Council (pdf) by Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex.

China-EU School of Law

The new China-EU School of Law (CESL) in Beijing was created by a consortium of Chinese and EU institutions, lead by the University of Hamburg and the China University of Political Science and Law.  This offers students another opportunity for cross-cultural and international legal education.

Description from the CESL Web site:

By employing comparative approaches of legal studies and bringing international experience of legal education into China, CESL carries its mission to cultivate a new generation of legal professionals who are proficient in both Chinese and international law.
CESL offers (1) the program of Chinese Juris Master and LL. M. of EU Law (Master Programs); (2) the Professional Training Program for lawyers, judges and prosecutors and (3) Research and Consultancy Program, i.e. joint training for Ph.D. students.

China-EU School of Law

Hat tip to Knut Pissler of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.