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Vol. CXIII, Theodoros Fouskas / Vassileios Tsevrenis, Contemporary Immigration in Greece

vol cxiiiThis book:

• Offers insights on immigration in Greece and Southern Europe highlighting its growing relevance for the worldwide discussion on migration and immigration policies
• Combines policy, law, and qualitative and quantitative research, with theory
• Develops arguments in relevance to the history and contemporary politics of immigration in Greece
• Provides motivation and guide for future research in the area of immigration
• Consists of interdisciplinary, international authorship

This book examines the immigration phenomenon which constitutes a major concern to modern societies like Greece. It is directly associated with a multitude of parameters affecting the reception societies, their institutions, and immigrants' distinctiveness and particularities. Greece has developed, from a once sending country of immigrants who moved in the first half of the 20th century to overseas countries and during the post-war period to Western European countries after the fall of their respective regimes, to a receiving country of immigrants. For the very first time, Greek society had to deal with immense immigrant flows from the neighbouring Balkan countries, the Republics of the former Soviet Union as well as considerable numbers of immigrants from African, Middle East and Asian countries.

 

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Vol. CXII, Karina Aliz Lanfranco, The Relationship between Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Development

vol cxiiThis book studies the legal treatment of the relationship between genetic resources, traditional knowledge and development. It establishes that the genetic resources of the countries that have been used for hundreds of years should be protected by the patent system. In this context, genetic resources are defined and historically summarized and the laws used in some developing countries and in some developed countries are explained. The legal treatment given under international agreements is also analyzed. The argument of the book is defended by examining the interrelation between national sovereignty and private property. The concept of sovereignty leads to the core of this book's proposal: Legal measures should be taken in order to make sure that the exploitation of the genetic resources and of the traditional methods would lead neither to their extinction nor to their extraction from those who are dependent on them or need them most. The book ends with a detailed presentation of and argumentation on the author's main thesis, which is, as already mentioned, to enforce a proper instrument of international law for the protection of genetic resources and, even more, to create an international organization with the sole or main aim to protect genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

The author of this book, Dr. Karina Aliz Lanfranco, is a PhD holder of the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. This book was defended as PhD thesis before the relevant jury of the Athens University Law School on July 3, 2013. She is a Law graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru and holds a Master's degree in Law and Economics of the Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. She has actively participated in the academic and scientific work of the European Public Law Organization. Her research is on the areas of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and development from a law and economics perspective. She teaches courses in corporate law at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and she is sub-legal manager in a Peruvian company.

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Central and Eastern European Legal Studies 1/2014

CEELS 1 2014In the first number of the year 2014 of the Central and Eastern European Legal Studies, 1/2014, the countries represented are Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine. The first article, coming from Ukraine, deals with the concept of protective intervention for the protection of cultural property which is analysed from different points of view: State immunity, contemporary doctrinal and practical approaches to the subjective composition of international law, responsibility to protect doctrine, responsibility while protecting doctrine, etc. The second paper, also coming from Ukraine, analyses European Development Aid Law as a body of legal rules that regulate the EU financing of external aid provided to the developing countries and argues that the legal acts comprising the sources of European Development Aid Law could be systematised by grouping into: primary legislation, international agreements and secondary legislation, identifying the legal acts that compose each group. The purpose of the third article included in this CEELS number is to examine the regional governance of Turkey and to identify the adjustments conducive to the financial management of municipalities during the EU accession process of Turkey. The next paper presents the current state of public administration in Georgia within the framework of legislation, practice, ongoing reforms and demonstrates the role of the modern model of Civil Society as an essential element for establishing a democratic state and good governance. 

 
European Politeia, 1/2015

european-politea3The debt crisis has revealed deep economic, institutional and ethical discrepancies affecting the European integration process as a whole. The cohesion of the European Union has been challenged and existing institutional weaknesses have been brought to the surface. This has certainly served as a test of endurance for what has already been achieved and will probably be an opportunity for a reconfiguration which should be closely observed for what could be named as a relapse in terms of distribution of power.

Greece, as the most unprepared of all Member States, has been severely hit by the debt crisis, mainly because of internal structural weaknesses. Notwithstanding such misfortune, Greece has also served as a political experiment for all entities involved; a political body on which new therapies might be tested under conditions of considerable uncertainty as to the appropriateness and content of the applicable norms as well as states well able to impose their views on the institutional apparatus of the Union which appeared, for constitutional and conjunctural reasons, to be in retreat, unable to organise a political debate on valid alternatives.

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