Legal Dialogue

24/04/2019

Russia’s Lower House of Parliament Approved Internet Isolation Law

Russia's lower house of parliament approved the third reading of a draft law that aims to increase Moscow's sovereignty over its internet segment and defend against foreign meddling. The law will come into force on 1 November 2019. Some parts of the legislation: on cryptographic protection of the information and national system of domains — will come into force on 1 January 2022.
Source: meduza.io
24/04/2019

UK Universities Pay Out £90m on Staff ‘Gagging Orders’ in Past Two Years

UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced.
Source: theguardian.com
24/04/2019

Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta Shamed on Press Unfreedom

Press freedom in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta ranks among the worst in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based NGO. From journalists' murders to media take-overs by oligarchs close to state powers, the three EU states were portrayed as an embarrassment for the European Union.
Source: euobserver.com
24/04/2019

Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta Shamed on Press Unfreedom

Press freedom in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta ranks among the worst in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based NGO. From journalists' murders to media take-overs by oligarchs close to state powers, the three EU states were portrayed as an embarrassment for the European Union.
Source: euobserver.com
24/04/2019

German Cabinet Passes Deportation Draft Bill at Odds with EU Law

The German Cabinet passed draft legislation aimed at speeding up the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers, but critics warn it would break EU law. The proposed law could see the asylum seekers that did not succeed detained in prison.
Source: politico.eu
24/04/2019

EU Passes Law to Protect Whistle-Blowers

The EU passed a law to strengthen protections for whistleblowers who report violations of EU law and increase whistleblower reporting to aid law enforcement.
Source: jurist.org
15/04/2019

Upskirting law comes into force in England and Wales as cases rise

Police say 94 incidents reported last year for offence now punishable with jail term up to two years. Upskirting is a term used to describe the act of taking a sexually intrusive photograph up someone’s skirt without their permission.
Source: theguardian.com
15/04/2019

Russia’s trash reform faces non-payments

Trash collection companies in at least nine Russian regions are at risk of shutting down over unpaid bills. Waste disposal operators may stop work due to non-payment in nine regions of the Russian Federation. The difficulties are blamed on nationwide reforms tasking regions with choosing operators to collect waste that took effect on Jan. 1. Half of the citizens don’t pay new bills.
Source: svoboda.org
15/04/2019

The Gay Enemy in Poland’s Culture War

The governing "Law and Justice" party in Poland says LGBT groups are a dangerous threat and it’s turning them into an election issue.
Source:bloomberg.com