Legal Dialogue

05/11/2018

Austria rejects UN migration pact

Vienna has refused to sign the UN migration pact that its own diplomats helped negotiate. The US, Hungary and Australia had already announced their rejection of the pact. Politicians fear that other European countries may follow suit. The accord, which is not legally binding, is to be presented for approval in December. Critics frown on Vienna's decision.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/10/2018

EU votes to ban throwaway plastics by 2021

The EU Parliament voted on Wednesday in favour of banning throwaway plastic products. Prior to the vote researchers announced that they have detected plastic particles in human stool for the first time and now assume that there are no more plastic-free areas on the planet. But not all commentators are convinced that the decision passed by the MEPs will solve the problem.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/10/2018

Should Estonians with two passports give up one?

A court in Tallinn has ruled that a woman must choose between her Estonian and Russian passport, prompting many Estonians to fear that this will set a precedent and put an end to current practice. Although dual citizenship is banned by law, authorities have turned a blind eye up to now. People who could potentially be affected air their opinions and experiences.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/10/2018

France niqab ban violates human rights: UN committee

The UN Human Rights Committee found Tuesday that French law n ° 2010-1192, which bans full-face coverings such as the niqab or burqa, violates human rights.
Source: jurist.org
29/10/2018

State Duma lawmakers draft legislation to ban foreign NGOs that meddle in Russian elections

State Duma lawmakers have drafted new legislation that would allow the federal government to outlaw any foreign NGOs that allegedly meddle in Russian elections.
Source: meduza.io
29/10/2018

Romanian government to dismiss Prosecutor General

The Romanian government wants to remove Prosecutor General Augustin Lazăr from office. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader accused him on Wednesday of abusing his powers. Lazăr is the last independent chief prosecutor of the three public prosecutors, after the other two were forced to leave office. President Klaus Iohannis has the last say. Would his dismissal be justified?
Source:  eurotopics.net
22/10/2018

Romania further restricts fight against corruption

Romania's government has issued an emergency ordinance that amends the already approved judicial reforms. This means that around 50 prosecutors will have to suspend their activities.
Source: eurotopics.net
22/10/2018

Russian state duma approves introduction of penalties for abuse of the right to protest

Russian state duma passed the law on penalties for abuse of the right to protest in its third and final reading. Source: vedomosti.ru
22/10/2018

HRW criticizes new UK counter-terrorism bill

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the UK Monday to amend a new counter-terrorism bill, stating that the bill “excessively restrict[s] freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and privacy.”
Source:  jurist.org