Legal Dialogue

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
22/10/2018

EU top court demands Poland suspend judicial retirement age

The European Court of Justice ordered Poland to immediately suspend its lowering of the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges.
Source: jurist.org
22/10/2018

Hungary banishes homeless from the streets

In Hungary a law came into force this week that bans homeless people from living on the street. The ban will affect around 30,000 people who don't have their own home and who now face prison sentences if they are caught living on the streets after several warnings by the police.
Source: eurotopics.net
15/10/2018

Russia may be expelled from the Council of Europe in 2019

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, said that the organization might expel Russia from the member states if Moscow would not resume payments to its budget.
Source: vedomosti.ru  
15/10/2018

Poland adds 27 Supreme Court justices, defying EU

Poland’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that the court had added 27 new judges in a secret ceremony which took place on Wednesday afternoon. This move comes after Poland lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court justices from 70 to 65 in September, forcing 27 judges of the 72-judge court into retirement. President Andrezj Duda promptly appointed replacement judges, who were sworn in Wednesday.
Source: jurist.org