Adventure with the author as he sails from Koror, Palau among the Micronesian islands to Darwin, Australia on the north coast of the continent. Along the way visit one of the most remote and pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, meet its two inhabitants (and a few visitors), then continue to sail through pirate infested waters of Indonesia without legal papers. Experience the sea at night, sitting alone on deck, riding the waves and savoring stars. Enjoy the adventure of a first time sailing voyage. More importantly explore the relationship between a father and son, and the long lasting bonds that extend beyond death. Experience the fulfillment of a long held dream, explore a different culture and its people, muse about the twists and turns of life, reflect on the value of family and friends, marvel at the vast creation all around us. Enjoy the voyage, and be encouraged to fulfill your own dreams.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union enshrines the key political, social, and economic rights of EU citizens and residents under EU law. In its present form, it was approved in 2000 by the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, and the European Commission. However, its legal status remained uncertain until the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in December 2009. The Charter obliges the EU to act and legislate consistently with the Charter, and enables the EU's courts to strike down EU legislation which contravenes it. The Charter applies to EU Member States when they are implementing EU law, but does not extend the competences of the EU beyond the competences given to it in the treaties. Written by experts from several EU Member States, this commentary on the Charter - the first in English - provides an authoritative but succinct statement of how the Charter impacts EU law, domestic law, and international law. Following the conventional article-by-article approach, each commentator offers an expert view of how each article is either already being interpreted in the courts, or is likely to be interpreted. Each commentary is referenced to the case law and is augmented with extensive references to further reading. Six cross-cutting introductory chapters explain the Charter's institutional anchorage, its relationship to the Fundamental Rights Agency, its interaction with other parts of international human rights law, the enforcement mechanisms, extraterritorial scope, and the all-important 'Explanations.'
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