International Law Bulletin / 01_2017


Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-610/15

Stichting Brein

Freedom of establishment

Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works, such as ‘The Pirate Bay’, may constitute an infringement of copyright


Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-422/16

Agriculture and fisheries

Purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yoghurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products


Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-75/16

Menini and Rampanelli

Approximation of laws

EU law does not preclude national legislation which provides that, in disputes involving consumers, mandatory mediation should take place before any court proceedings


Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-591/15

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association Limited and The Queen

Freedom to provide services

The principle of freedom to provide services guaranteed by EU law does not apply between Gibraltar and the UK


Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-214/16


Freedom of movement for persons

Advocate General Tanchev considers that it is incompatible with EU law to require a worker to take leave first before being able to establish whether he is entitled to be paid for it


Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-296/16 P

Dextro Energy v Commission

Environment and consumers

The Court confirms that a number of health claims relating to glucose cannot be authorised


Opinion of the Advocate General in cases C-490/16,C-646/19


Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

In the exceptional circumstances of the refugee crisis, Advocate General Sharpston considers that the Member States in which applications for international protection were first lodged are responsible for examining those applications


Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-165/16


Citizenship of the Union

According to Advocate General Bot, a non-EU national may benefit from a right of residence in the Member State in which his EU citizen family member resided before acquiring the nationality of that Member State and developing a family life there


Judgment of the General Court in case T-410/16

Makhlouf v Council

External relations

The General Court confirms that the fund-freezing measures imposed on Rami Makhlouf, cousin of Bashar al-Assad, must be maintained for the period 2016-2017



Celia Liagoura

Attorney-at-law | Research Associate

Prof. Elias Krispis Foundation for International Legal Studies



Source: CURIA, (last visited: 19 June 2017).