Legal Dialogue

07/05/2018

Belgian PM: EU needs ‘peer review’ system on rule of law

In a speech before the European Parliament about the future of Europe — in which he also talked about digital tax, the bloc’s budget and regional policy — Michel proposed that each country submit itself to a review of its adherence to rule of law standards by fellow EU members.
Source: politico.eu
30/04/2018

France approves controversial immigration bill

The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally.
Source:bbc.com
30/04/2018

Whistleblower protection: European Commission sets new, EU-wide rules

The new law will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law. It will establish safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation, press-release says.
30/04/2018

UK home secretary Amber Rudd quits as immigration crisis grows

Amber Rudd has dramatically resigned as home secretary, after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants. А series of revelations in the Guardian over Windrush demonstrated that she was aware of targets for removing illegal migrants from Britain.
Source: theguardian.com
30/04/2018

Humanitarian organizations criticize Greece migrant containment policy

Twenty-one humanitarian organizations issued a joint statement condemning the Greek government's decision to reinstate a migrant "containment" policy after it was struck down by the nation's highest administrative court. Among them were Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Human Rights Watch.
Source: jurist.org
30/04/2018

Turkey sentences 14 oppositional journalists to prison

A Turkish court sentenced 14 staff of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet to prison on terrorism charges and acquitted three, one of their lawyers said, in a case that has sparked global outrage over press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Source: middleeasteye.net
24/04/2018

The Moscow City Court acquitted and released Yana Gurcheva, earlier sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of her husband

According to lawyers specializing in cases of domestic violence, this decision is unique: Russian courts in such cases have never taken the side of a woman.
Source: zona.media
24/04/2018

ECJ rules Poland logging of Białowieża Forest violates EU law

The court found that Poland violated the EU's Habitat Directive, which requires members of the EU to take appropriate action to conserve areas deemed special. Under the court's ruling, Poland must immediately stop logging in the forest or be subject to financial penalties.
Source: jurist.org
24/04/2018

Crackdown prompts Soros’s Open Society to quit Budapest

Open Society Foundations has revealed plans to close its Budapest office ahead of a crackdown on civil society by the right-wing government of the re-elected Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán.
Source: theguardian.com