Legal Dialogue

20/08/2018

Polish President vetoes change to European election rules

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties.
Source: politico.eu
20/08/2018

EU court to hear citizens’ climate case against EU

The European General Court accepted the case dubbed the 'People's Climate Case'. In this case EU citizens demand that the court annuls three climate-related laws adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU: a directive on the EU's emissions trading system (ETS); a regulation on greenhouse gas emission reductions in sectors not covered by the ETS like agriculture and transport; and a regulation that governs how land and forest management is counted as neutralising emissions.
Source: euobserver.com
13/08/2018

Gender studies programs to be banned in Hungary

The Orbán regime introduced legislation to shut down accredited gender studies programs offered by universities in Hungary. The ban will primarily impact students at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE)–the only institution in Hungary, other than Central European University, to offer gender studies at the graduate level, and the only one to provide this program in Hungarian.
Source: hungarianfreepress.com
13/08/2018

France to introduce plastic packaging tax

Products that don't use recycled plastic will cost 10 percent more in the future, according to a government plan. The proposed initiative is one part of a series of measures to get the country to recycle all its plastic.
Source: dw.com
13/08/2018

Beaten, not broken: the Russian ex-inmate covering the torture trial of former jailers

Former inmate Ruslan Vakhapov has turned activist, and said he had come to report from one of Russia’s most important prison torture cases in the past decade.  His testimony to the Public Verdict Foundation, a Russian human rights NGO, about the brutality meted out inside the prison was later backed up by a 10-minute video of an inmate, Evgeny Makarov, being slowly beaten unconsciousness.
Source: theguardian.com
13/08/2018

The Guardian view on legal aid: cuts have caused chaos and must be reversed

Barristers and solicitors protesting about cuts don’t attract the same level of public support as doctors and nurses. What goes on in the courts is not widely understood, and most people do not expect to need a publicly funded lawyer in the way that they rely on hospitals. Nevertheless, access to justice is a fundamental democratic right, and the chaos and failure unfolding across the legal system as the result of cuts should concern everyone who cares about justice.
Source: www.theguardian.com
13/08/2018

UK judge allows dissolution of religious marriage

A judge in the UK’s high court ruled that there were grounds for a dissolution of a religious marriage that was not recognized by British law.
Source: jurist.org
06/08/2018

Malaga’s lawyers organize to challenge the obstacles to legal assistance to migrants

More than 300 lawyers attend the occupants of the boats arriving at the Port of Malaga. At each landing, several lawyers are called to assist migrants, many of them seek asylum, international protection or are victims of trafficking.
Source: eldiario.es
06/08/2018

Poland’s Supreme Court says judges should stay pending ECJ decision

Judges who want to continue working in Poland’s Supreme Court can do so until the European Union’s top court rules on the legality of measures effectively allowing the government to choose the court’s staff, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. ECJ is assessing judicial reforms by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that are seen by human rights and opposition groups as undermining democracy and judges’ independence.
Source: reuters.com