December 13, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 13, 2007, leaders of the 27 member nations of the European Union (EU) signed the Treaty of Lisbon in an effort to reform the decision-making process of the EU and allow the union to have a more active role in global issues. This event was followed by close to two years of intense ...[read more]
November 20, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On November 20, 2008, the Parliament of Sweden approved the European Union reform charter, popularly referred to as the Treaty of Lisbon. The vote in the Riksdag was heavily in favor of ratification and made Sweden the twenty-fourth country to adopt the measure, which was aimed at strengthening ...[read more]
September 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, which completed his country's problematic ratification of reforms that were aimed at restructuring the constitutional framework of the EU. Specifically, the reform treaty sought to increase the EU's role as a global ...[read more]
September 18, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 18, 2005, the Iraq National Assembly signed off on the final draft of the country's proposed permanent constitution and turned over the text to the UN for printing. Senior Sunni lawmakers promised to campaign vigorously for rejection of the charter in the national referendum to ratify ...[read more]
July 24, 2011
by Megan McKee
Konstantinos Margaritis is a Ph.D. candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law. For his doctoral research, he is examining the protection of fundamental rights under the Lisbon Treaty. He writes on the changes in the field of external affairs under the Lisbon ...[read more]
November 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 11, 2004, Lithuania became the first EU state to ratify the European Constitution, when the Seimas, the Lithuanian parliament, voted 84-4 to approve the treaty. The European Constitution was later rejected by French voters and failed to be ratified by all 27 EU member states. EU reform ...[read more]
September 25, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 25, 2009, German President Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, completing the country's ratification process. The signature was the final step for ratification, after the Bundesrat gave final approval earlier that week to a bill setting out the ratification process. Although both ...[read more]
September 8, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 8, 2009, the German Bundestag voted 494-46 to approve a bill allowing Germany to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. Although the Bundestag had previously approved the treaty, the German Constitutional Court ruled in June 2009 that the treaty could not be ratified without reforms ensuring ...[read more]
December 1, 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth
The European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon went into effect Tuesday after more than two years of negotiations. The Treaty, which was ratified by all 27 member-states of the EU, was crafted to make the EU more democratic, transparent, and efficient, to more effectively ...[read more]
December 1, 2009
by JURIST Staff
JURIST Guest Columnist Virginia Keyder, currently teaching European Union law at Bogazici University and Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, says that the Lisbon Treaty on European Union reform that has just entered into force is much more than meets the eye, especially as regards its ...[read more]

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