Monday 18 October 2010

Application of blogs to EU law: Jaanika Erne and Martinned

Here on Grahnlaw we have discussed various aspects of EU legislation, more or less related to the Report from the Commission:

27th annual report on monitoring the application of EU law (2009); Brussels 1.10.2010 COM(2010) 538 final (12 pages)

Here is a reminder of the related blog posts:

How much EU law is there? Smart regulation and impact assessments (13 October 2010)

Smart Regulation in the European Union (14 October 2010)

How much EU legislation in member state UK? Nosemonkey and House of Commons Library (15 October 2010)

Full-bodied EU acquis – the bouquet of EU English (16 October 2010)

Jaanika Erne

On her Ideas on Europe blog, Jaanika Erne has now done readers the service of writing a clear summary of what the Commission actually reported: 27th Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law (2009) (17 October 2010).

Erne's summary highlights the resolution of infringement procedures at different stages, as well as statistics on new petitions by policy area.

More generally Jaanika Erne’s blog is worth following for its treatment of issues of legal education (University of Tartu, Estonia and Europe), human rights in Europe (ECHR and ECtHR) and EU legislative procedures.


If legal blogs are suspected of seriousness, Martinned does not walk away scot-free, but blogs have their distinct personalities, and Martinned has its personal style.

Martinned manages to squeeze This Week in Luxembourg (14 October 2010) into about one snappy page, but with helpful links for those who thirst for more.

Among the legal Euroblogs on, Martinned is one of the few active blogs in its important niche right now: the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

A distinct style and a clear niche – not a bad recipe for a blog.

Ralf Grahn


  1. Thank You for mentioning my name in Your blog! I sometimes write things out in my blog, because that way I memorize better, and I quite frequently use my blog postings during my lectures in order to verify some facts or refer to sources, or even as visual study aid.

  2. Jaanika,

    The Latin locution 'docendo discimus', we learn by teaching, is quite true.

    Writing, including blogging, is a natural way to keep learning every day, to order our own thoughts and to be able to present them to readers (listeners).

    Naturally, your blog is worth mentioning, since it expresses a real desire to treat subjects seriously.

    My best wishes for you and your continued blogging!


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