Legal Dialogue

24/11/2020

German Infection law: a new legal status for culture

Under Germany's Infection Protection Law, culture is no longer classified as entertainment and cancelling arts events in the pandemic might become difficult.

Source: DW

17/11/2020

HRW denounces new Russian bill targeting NGOs as ‘repressive’

The Russian government has submitted a bill to parliament that would further restrict the ability of independent groups in Russia to function.

Source: RadiaFreeEurope

17/11/2020

Activists urge EU to ban live facial recognition in public spaces

Digital rights advocates in five European countries launched a campaign to spotlight the increasing use of facial recognition and other biometric identification technology across the Continent.

Source: Politico

17/11/2020

Air pollution: Italy ‘persistently’ broke EU clean air laws

Italy "systematically and persistently" breached EU rules on air pollution, the European Court of Justice ruled.

Source: Euronews

17/11/2020

Hungary government proposes constitutional amendment mandating Christian gender roles

Hungary’s government proposed a constitutional amendment requiring children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s turn to anti-LGBT rhetoric to shore up support.

Source: Reuters

17/11/2020

German joins lawsuits against Syrian torture regime in legal first

As part of a larger case involving Syrians, a German citizen is also suing Bashar Assad's security apparatus saying he witnessed abuse and killings of other inmates during his 48 days detained in Damascus.

Source: DW

10/11/2020

German lawmakers urge ban on extreme-right Turkish Gray Wolves

The call comes days after France proscribed the organisation, claiming it helped foment hatred and violence.

Source: DW

10/11/2020

Norway’s Supreme Court hears rights challenge to arctic oil drilling

Environmental groups argue that exploratory drilling licenses violate a constitutional right to a healthy environment.

Source: The New York Times

10/11/2020

Greek parliament unanimously votes to make animal abuse a crime risking 10 years in prison

The law defines serious animal abuse as including poisoning, hanging, burning and mutilation.

Source: Independent