Legal Dialogue


Romania gender studies ban: Students slam new law as going ‘back to the Middle Ages’

The law approved by Romanian lawmakers would ban all educational institutions from "propagating theories and opinion on gender identity according to which gender is a separate concept from biological sex.

Source: Euronews


France’s top court rejects core of law targeting online hate speech

France’s top court rejected most of a draft law that would have compelled social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to remove any hateful content within 24 hours. According to the ruling, the law interferes excessively in free speech.

Source: Euractiv


Hungary ‘broke EU law with foreign funding rules’

A Hungarian law requires NGOs that receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign-supported organisations" and publish donor names. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the restrictions were discriminatory against NGOs and donors.

Source: BBC


Illegitimate children of Jews evicted by Nazis are German citizens, court rules

A U.S. woman born to a Jewish father stripped of his German citizenship by the Nazis in 1938 cannot be denied naturalisation for being an illegitimate child, Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled.

Source: Reuters


The ECHR ordered Russia to pay 20 thousand euros to the victim of domestic violence and again demanded the adoption of laws to protect women

The ECHR underlines that Russia does not adopt laws to protect victims of domestic violence and is "reluctant to recognise the seriousness and scope of the problem" and "its discriminatory impact on women." According to the judges, the State has failed to create conditions that would allow women to live without fear and to count on protection.

Source: Mediazona


Malta’s abortion taboo leaves women in despair

Abortion is illegal in all circumstances in Malta, the only EU country that has a total ban on the procedure with no exceptions. Border closures have trapped women seeking safe terminations and exposed the plight of those who cannot afford to travel.

Source: The Guardian


Transgender couple in a state of uncertainty as Hungary bans changes to identity papers

Hungary last month banned people from changing their gender on identity documents. Because of this reason life for Hungarian transgender couples is put on hold.

Source: NYT


Russia clamps down on coronavirus ‘fake news’

After implementing strict lockdown measures, Russia has sought to keep information about the pandemic under tight control. The government coronavirus task force has a special “fake news” division, while the Investigative Committee tracks the coronavirus on messaging apps.

Source: FT


German far-right party wins case against interior minister

Germany's top court ruled that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer violated the rights of a far-right party by posting a critical interview on his ministry's website. In the interview published on the website, Seehofer accused the Alternative for Germany (AfD) of "undermining the state" and described the party's verbal attacks against the German president as "highly dangerous for our state".

Source: Politico