Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Volume 18 (2019)


The Baltic Yearbook of International Law ‒ the first legal journal in the field and subfields of international law ‒ is published under the auspices of the Baltic Editorial Board. The Yearbook aims to bring to international debate issues of importance in the Baltic States, providing a forum for views on topical international law themes from both Baltic and international scholars. The first volume appeared in 2001 with a symposium on the question of the international legal status of the Baltic States.

The Yearbook contains state practice reports from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, thus serving as an important source of international law that is unavailable elsewhere. From time to time the Yearbook offers articles discussing the history of international law and current issues in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation, thus making regional discourse more accessible to a wider global audience.

Volume 18 is the second volume of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law appearing under the aegis of cooperation between the Riga Graduate School of Law and Brill/Nijhoff Publishers. This volume is devoted to highlighting the reflections aired in Riga when the Law School was implementing the Jean Monnet Project in 2017-2019. These reflections broadly focused on the law of the European Union.

The editors of the Baltic Yearbook are certain that the EU-law perspective will be of interest to international lawyers throughout the world, whether as an option or as an idea as to what the international legal order might look like with ever growing globalization and migration of the world’s people.

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Lauri Mälksoo, Ineta Ziemele, Dainius Žalimas

Editorial Board
Egidijus Bieliunas (Former Judge at the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU)
Tanel Kerikmäe (Professor at Tallinn University of Technology)
Egils Levits (Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU)
Lauri Mälksoo (Professor of International Law, University of Tartu)
Mārtiņš Mits (Judge at the European Court of Human Rights; Associate Professor, Riga Graduate School of Law)
Rein Müllerson (Member of the Institut de droit international; Professor Emeritus of Tallinn University)
Vilenas Vadapalas (Attorney at Law; former judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU)
Dainius Žalimas (President of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania; Professor at the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University)
Ineta Ziemele (President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia; Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law)
Pēteris Zilgalvis, J.D. (Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT)

Advisory Board
Gudmundur Alfredsson (Professor, University of Akureyri; Visiting Professor, University of Strasbourg)
Theo van Boven (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Maastricht)
James Crawford (Judge at the International Court of Justice, the Hague)
Andrew Drzemczewski (Visiting Professor at Middlesex University; former staff member of the Council of Europe)
John Dugard ((Professor Emeritus of Public International Law, University of Leiden; Professor Emeritus of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
Asbjørn Eide (Founder of the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, University of Oslo)
Christine Gray (Professor Emeritus in International Law, University of Cambridge)
Mahulena Hofmann (Professor, SES Chair at the University of Luxembourg)
Göran Melander (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Lund)
Allan Rosas (Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU)
Bruno Simma (Arbitrator, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge, International Court of Justice)
Brigitte Stern (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Paris I)
Pietro Sullo (Rector of the Riga Graduate School of Law)
Rüdiger Wolfrum (Professor, former Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
 Editorial Note
 Guest Editorial
Inese Freimane-Deksne
 The “Thick” Rule of Law and Mutual Trust in the European Union
Juha Raitio
 The Impact of Digital Autonomous Tools on Private Autonomy
Thomas Hoffmann
 Powerful Private Players in the Digital Economy: Between Private Law Freedoms and the Constitutional Principle of Equality
Peter Rott
 Big Data and International Politics
Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez
 Big Data and Competition Policy in the European Union
Éva Miskolczi-Bodnár
 Antitrust After Big Data
John M. Yun
 Big Data Ownership: Do we Need a New Regulatory Framework?
Andris Tauriņš
 Development of Consumer Collective Redress in the EU: a Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Ana Vlahek
 Consumer Protection in the EU Conflict-of-laws Framework
Carlos Llorente
 Geo – blocking Regulation: Antitrust or Consumer Protection?
Klemen Podobnik

Elements of Practices of the Baltic States in International Law

 Republic of Estonia Materials of International Law 2017–2018
Edited by René Värk
 Republic of Latvia Materials on International Law 2017–2018
Edited by Kristaps Tamužs
 Republic of Lithuania Materials on International Law 2018
Edited by Andrius Bambalas and Saulius Katuoka
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