[Image: Josef Litobarski, 2008, Attribution 3.0 Unported]
I feel dirty.
I'm working on a groupwork presentation for my EU Law class, and my group is helping to defend the tobacco industry from EU directives. We have to go through the Treaty on European Union and look for legal loopholes which will support our case.
We're arguing that:
1) Harmonization of health protection is not a competancy of the European Union and, because banning cigarette advertising is a health issue, the EU institutions (Commission and Council) have no legal basis to propose legislature.
2) If, however, there is a legal basis - it is not the free circulation of goods and services, but some other legal basis (over which the EU will not have competency)
3) If, however, there is a legal basis and it is the free circulation of goods and services, then the total ban on cigarette advertising was not the most effective way to ensure the free circulation of goods and services.
Our written plea (a 3500 word outline of our argument) is due on Friday.
On top of that, on Tuesday I have my Italian test coming up. Then, on Wednesday morning I'm giving a solo presentation on the European Court of Justice and human rights.
It's going to be a busy week...
But last night we had some fun! Elle and I went to a friend's house for dinner. It's become something of a tradition amongst our group of friends to pass around an enormous cooking pot each week, and whoever has the pot will cook dinner for the group. This leads to enormous feasts each weekend - and usually an episode of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) - which is not so much a TV show as a religion amongst our friends. This weekend, however, a certain person (who shall remain nameless... let's just call him Mr. V.) did not provide the goods - so we will have to do without HIMYM until next week. ;-)
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