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The New Decisions of the Constitutional Court: The End of Cannabis Tolerance in Spain

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Cannabis
Drug Law Reform
Suites: 
Drugs & Democracy
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Article
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In Spain, the Constitutional Court has decided that Cannabis Social Clubs infringe the law and that their activities cannot be regulated by regional parliaments if the Penal Code is not modified. Fifty years of relative tolerance come to a closure and a new stage, where legal uncertainty and repression will be the keynote, is now open. A new national regulation is the only way to overcome the... Read more

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Las nuevas sentencias del Tribunal Constitucional: El final de la tolerancia hacia el cannabis en España

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Collection: 
Reforma de las leyes de drogas
Planta de cannabis
Suites: 
Drogas y Democracia
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Article
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En España, el Tribunal Constitucional ha decidido que los Clubes Sociales de Cannabis cometen un delito y que sus actividades no pueden ser reguladas por los parlamentos regionales si no se modifica el Código Penal. Se cierran cincuenta años de relativa tolerancia y se abre una nueva etapa, donde la inseguridad jurídica y la represión van a ser la tónica. Una nueva regulación nacional es la... Read more

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La ofensiva de Europa contra quienes ayudan a las personas refugiadas

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Replanteando la reducción del espacio civil
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Suites: 
Guerra y Pacificación
Article type: 
Article
Translators: 
Christine Lewis Carroll
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Guerras de frontera
Reflexiones en torno al concepto de "reducción del espacio de acción de la sociedad civil"
La criminalización de Standing Rock
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Europe's offensive against people helping refugees

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Collection: 
Rethinking shrinking space
Suites: 
War & Pacification
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Photo credit Duncan C/FlickrAbout three years ago, on 31 October 2014, EU pressure on Italy forced the end of one the EU’s most successful humanitarian missions, ‘Mare Nostrum’, a search-and-rescue operation that brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores in just one year.... Read more

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Rethinking shrinking space
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Interview: Blaming the messenger

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Rethinking shrinking space
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Suites: 
War & Pacification
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Interview with Pia Eberhardt, researcher with Corporate Europe Observatory
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The EU’s Multilateral Investment Court and its alternatives

For those of you not able to attend the Public Forum on the EU's Multilateral Investment Court and its alternatives, we invite you to watch live at

The EU’s Multilateral Investment Court and its alternatives

22 September, 9:00 – 12:30, Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels

The first panel will provide a space to discuss the merits and perils of the Multilateral Investment Court as it has been proposed by the European Commission and situate it in the process of an uneven economic globalisation.

The second panel will look at alternative approaches to regulating investment and discuss experiences from around the world balancing the rights and obligations of investors.

Registration
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Programme
1.     Panel The Multilateral Investment Court: Merits and perils
•     Dr Peter Schneiderhan, Board member of the German Association of Judges
•     Gus van Harten, Professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
•     Nele Eichhorn, Member of Cabinet of Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström,
European Commission
•     Pia Eberhardt, Researcher Corporate Europe Observatory

2.     Panel Alternative approaches to regulating investment
•     Mustaqeem De Gama, Counsellor, South African Permanent Mission in Geneva
•     Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Head of the Economic Law & Policy
programme of the International Institute on Sustainable Development
•     Guillaume Long, Ambassador, Ecuador Permanent Mission in Geneva

Moderated by Daniela Vincenti, Editor-in-chief at Euractiv

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Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 
09:00 - 12:30
Location: 
Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Organizer(s): 
Both ENDS
Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Friends of the Earth Europe
Transnational Institute (TNI)
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Last year the European Commission announced plans to establish a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) in its attempt to reform the investment  arbitration system, known as ISDS. However, the proposal has received little public scrutiny so far. Now five civil society organisations are  organising a public event with international experts to discuss the MIC and examine alternative approaches.

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