Legal Dialogue

20/07/2020

Former wife of ISIS fighter can return to UK to fight for her citizenship

Citizenship of Shamima Begum was revoked by the Home Office on security grounds after she was found in a refugee camp in 2019. The Court of Appeal said she had been denied a fair hearing because she could not make her case from the Syrian camp.

Source: BBC
20/07/2020

Russia has a new draft law with major consequences for transgender people

A group of representatives from the Federation Council want to ban transgender people in Russia from marrying. They also want to make it more difficult for couples that include one trans partner to adopt children.

Source: Meduza
20/07/2020

Police in Germany have too much access to personal online data, top court says

Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that current police access to personal data from phone and internet users is unconstitutional. The suit, brought by over 6,000 plaintiffs, was filed in 2013 by the current European Pirate Party politician.

Source: DW
13/07/2020

Romania criminalises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence

Romania now recognises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence, under a new legal amendment. Domestic violence will now include a provision specifically for "cybernetic violence" which intends to "shame, humble, scare, threat, or silence the victim". This will include online threats or messages, or where a partner sends intimate graphic content without consent.

Source: Euronews
13/07/2020

The Netherlands brings Russia to court over the downing of MH17

The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Source: The New York Times
13/07/2020

Denmark: the law that could make climate change illegal

New climate law recently passed in Denmark tries to find a way around common pitfalls of climate laws. It makes Denmark one of a small number of countries beginning to provide new blueprints of how government can genuinely tackle climate change.

Source: BBC

13/07/2020

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on medieval treasure bought by Nazis

The Guelph Treasure, a collection of medieval decorative art, was acquired by a German state collection in 1935 from a consortium of Jewish art dealers. Their descendants say the sale was forced, but in 2014, a German arbitration commission that specialises in Nazi-looted art ruled that the museum had acquired the collection legitimately and did not need to return them.

Source: The New York Times
13/07/2020

State Duma proposes to jail for 10 years for online drug propaganda

The Russian State Duma deputies have proposed a bill on imprisonment for a term of five to ten years for inducing drug use on the Internet.

Source: Meduza
06/07/2020

Italy moves towards its first law on hate crimes against LGBT people

A law punishing discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT+ individuals may soon be approved in Italy. With the new law, those who discriminate against gay and transgender people would be sanctioned with up to four years imprisonment, and generally any discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, as well as gender-based violence will be punished.

Source: Forbes