Brussels - February 3, 2012 : Today, the International Court of Justice has delivered its judgment on the merits of the proceedings instituted by Germany against Italy. The Court’s decision helps clarify several controversial legal issues relating to the jurisdictional immunities enjoyed by States under public international law.
Brussels – January 2012 : Frédéric Dopagne will sit on panel at a conference of the Belgian Society of International Law (SBDI) on March 15, 2011, and make a presentation on the concept of direct effect of international law in Belgian case law. The concept of direct effect is central in the invocation of rules of international law before national courts. However, its definition as well as its use in some types of proceedings call for a critical analysis and re-assessment.
Brussels – January 2012 : New dismissal rules have been introduced by the Act of April 12, 2011. As from January 1, 2012, two sets of dismissal rules apply based on whether employment contracts are executed before or as from January 1, 2012.
Brussels - December 23, 2011 - The Legal Awards Edition celebrates law firms and individuals as voted by the readership of Lawyer Monthly magazine. Over a six month period research was undertaken, votes were collected and award nominations were examined, all of which helped to produce a list of leading firms by jurisdiction and practice area.