Legal Dialogue


Dutch drink offenders to get ankle bracelet to keep them sober

People in the Netherlands convicted of crimes related to alcohol abuse will have to wear a special ankle bracelet to monitor their drinking habits once the government has passed the necessary legislation.

Source: Reuters


Russian court forcibly hospitalises Yakut shaman in psychiatric clinic

Alexander Gabyshev is a shaman from the Siberian city of Yakutsk, who is best known for making multiple attempts to travel on foot to Moscow with the intention of exorcising President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Meduza


French court approves transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect

A French court approved the extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga to a United Nations tribunal. Kabuga was arrested in Paris after 25 years on the run. He was one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

Source: AP News


Berlin passes first German state anti-discrimination law

The city-state's new law explicitly bars public authorities, including police, from discriminating based on skin color, gender and other factors. Lawmakers say the new rules help to address systemic racism in Germany.

Source: DW


Thousands of migrants face eviction in Greece sparking fears over homelessness

It comes after their right to stay in temporary accommodation expired. New law reduced the period they could be sheltered from six months to just one.

Source: Euronews


Finland’s finance minister steps down over training payments

Katri Kulmuni will step down as Finland’s finance minister but continue to lead her party after admitting that she had used taxpayers’ money to fund training on how to speak in public.

Source: Reuters


Estonian court admits petition by young climate activists to stop shale oil plant

The Administrative Court of Tartu has admitted the petition filed by Fridays for Future Estonia for the revocation of the building permit issued by Narva-Jõesuu municipality in connection with the construction of the shale oil plant. The court did not grant preliminary judicial protection.

Source: The Baltic Times


Vatican centralises contracting to cut waste, corruption

The Vatican is centralising its contracting and procurement procedures in a bid to cut waste, root out corruption and bring the Holy See’s finances into the 21st century.

Source: AP


Hungary to end state of emergency as NGOs cry foul

As promised, the Hungarian government submitted two draft bills to end the state of emergency and terminate its controversial powers, but civil society organisations said the moves are simple trickery.

Source: Euractiv