Legal Dialogue

19/01/2021

Dutch government resigns over child benefits scandal

Mark Rutte's government has resigned over authorities accusing thousands of families of fraudulently claiming child welfare payments.

Source: DW

19/01/2021

Probe highlights Vatican legal system’s limited protections

A criminal investigation into a Vatican real estate investment is exposing weaknesses in the city state’s judicial system and a lack of some basic protections for those accused highlighting the incompatibility of the Holy See’s procedures with European norms.

Source: Apnews

19/01/2021

A Bangladeshi refugee with asthma has avoided deportation from France

Court says man would face ‘worsening of his respiratory pathology due to air pollution’ in country of origin.

Source: The Guardian

12/01/2021

Women’s rights activists launch legal action against the Polish government

The activists want to bring their complaint to the ECHR against the Polish government after the Constitutional Court decided to ban abortion in cases of fetal damage. This decision is a potential violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Source: Wyborcza

12/01/2021

70,000 households in UK made homeless during pandemic

More than 70,000 households have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic, with tens of thousands more threatened with homelessness, despite government pledges to protect tenants and prevent evictions.

Source: The Guardian

12/01/2021

In Germany, anti-Semitism commissioner calls for removal of Nazi law leftovers

Felix Klein, Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner called for the removal of 29 Nazi-era paragraphs that remain in the country's laws.

Source: DW

12/01/2021

Pressure grows on Italy to abolish migrant quarantine ships

Rome is facing pressure to abolish its offshore quarantine system for migrants and refugees following a series of alarming incidents, including several deaths, over the past year. Italy has isolated thousands of asylum seekers on ferries over the course of the pandemic.

Source: Politico

12/01/2021

EU’s landmark climate law to be finalised within months

Portugal will use its six-month presidency of the European Union to finalise a landmark law containing the bloc’s emissions-cutting targets.

Source: Reuters

05/01/2021

Turkey tightens control over NGOs to ‘combat terrorism’

As a consequence of the new bill being passed by parliament, the Turkish government will expand its control over civil-society groups on counter-terrorism grounds.

Source: DW