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European Commission gives go-ahead to purchase of O2 Ireland by Hutchinson 3G

The merger of the second- and fourth-largest mobile network operators in Ireland will now go ahead after the European Commission approved the acquisition of Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland) by Hutchinson 3G (H3G). The merged entity will face only two competitors – Vodafone and Eircom. While the commission had initial concerns that the merger could result in a significant reduction in competition in […]

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‘Right to be forgotten’ creates data dilemma

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French philosopher Paul Ricoeur wrote “To be forgotten is to die twice”. However, in recent days the Court of Justice of the EU has taken steps towards recognising a “right to be forgotten”, for EU citizens. The case in question is Google Spain and Google v AEPD and Gonzalez. It resulted from a complaint by a […]

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XXVI FIDE Congress, Copenhagen, 28-31 May 2014

The ISEL is delighted to announce the XXVI FIDE Congress, which will be held in Copenhagen on 28-31 May.  This year’s Congress is organised by the Danish Association for European Law (DFE) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen. The congress is a unique opportunity to learn about and influence the development […]

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Competition Law Forum Essay Prize 2013 – Announcement of Winning Work

The ISEL is delighted to announce that the winner of the Competition Law Essay Prize 2013, an annual competition run by the ISEL’s Competition Law Forum:- Mr. Nicholas Liddane The winning work is entitled:- “Addressing the Absence of a Provision in the Competition 2002 Act Analogous to Article 106(2) TFEU” The winning work will be […]

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Firms that breach data rules may be fined up to €100m

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A resolution of the European Parliament last month saw MEPs call for an end to blanket mass surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency. The resolution was made in the context of a report and recommendations by MEPs aimed at increasing EU citizens’ privacy through EU-wide data protection rules. MEPs want to see firms […]

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Website owners can link to protected works, court rules

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January and February have seen a number of EU law developments. In Case C-466/12 (Nils Svensson and Others v Retriever Sverige AB) a question on interpretation of EU law was raised by a Swedish court before the Court of Justice regarding press articles written by Swedish journalists which were published on a freely accessible basis […]

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Time spent in prison ‘cannot count towards EU residence’

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The first weeks of 2014 and the closing weeks of 2013 saw the European Court of Justice deliver a number of interesting decisions. In cases C-378/12 and C-400/12 Onuekwere, the court concluded that periods of time spent in prison cannot be counted as part of the five years of legal residence after which one is […]

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Professor Joseph Weiler visits TCD, 18 February 2014

Professor Joseph Weiler will be visiting the Law School, Trinity College, Dublin on Tuesday 18 February 2014.  He will be delivering a public lecture at 5pm in the Examination Hall at Trinity College.  The topic is Van Gend en Loos – 50 Years On, a critical retrospective.  Members of the ISEL are welcome to attend.

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18th monthly CIArb forum, February 6, 2014 – Arbitrating competition law disputes

18th monthly CIArb forum, February 6, 2014 – Arbitrating competition law disputes Chair: Michael Bowsher QC, Monckton chambers, London Speakers: Miriam Dreissen-Reilly, DG Competition Noel J Travers BL, Law Library At Philip Lee solicitors, 7-8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 No charge to attend, non CIArb members welcome Register: dublinarbitrationforum@gmail.com

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Sovereignty, the Nation-State, and Integration History’ – Public Lecture, RIA, 5th Dec – All welcome

UCD Sutherland School of Law in association with the Royal Irish Academy – Public Lecture 5th December 2013 For the first time, as part of the UCD Sutherland School of Law’s 16th Annual Irish European Law Forum, a public lecture has been organised in association with the Royal Irish Academy on the evening before the […]

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