The division of powers specifically in the field of the use of languages

24/02/2020

The Center for Research on the State and the Constitution (Centre de recherche sur l’Etat et la Constitution (Creco)) has recently published a book comprising the result of an ambitious project, directed by Céline Romainville and Marc Verdussen, on the “important judgments” with regard to the division of powers in Belgium.

The book contains a chapter written by Nicolas Bonbled and Yves Lejeune on the division of powers specifically in the field of the use of languages. The chapter looks back on 40 years of jurisprudence on some of the most topical questions concerned (primacy of the language of the region, sharing of powers between the communities and the federal state, language knowledge requirements, rights of linguistic minorities, …).