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06/02/2018

France: Top court reverses ban on breeding whales, dolphins

France’s highest administrative court overturned a ban on breeding killer whales and dolphins in captivity after ruling there had been irregularities in the decree putting the legislation into place.
Source: reuters.com
06/02/2018

Ireland: Country is to hold abortion referendum in May or June

The Irish cabinet gave the go-ahead for a referendum to relax the country's strict abortion laws, 35 years after the Catholic-majority country enshrined abortion as a crime in its constitution.
Source: cnn.com
06/02/2018

UK: Mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

Judges of the UK Court of Appeal say snooper’s charter lacks adequate safeguards around accessing personal data.
Source: theguardian.com
30/01/2018

Poland: country adopts new controversial ‘death camp’ law

The bill, passed by Poland's lower house of parliament on Friday (26 January), threatens prison terms and fines against Polish or foreign nationals who blame Poles for atrocities against Jews committed by Nazi Germany in World War II.
Source: euobserver.com
30/01/2018

Italy: Migrants accuse Italy of torture in French legal case

Thirty-eight African migrants have filed a case in France claiming that they suffered torture or inhuman treatment when they arrived in Italy.
Source: en.rfi.fr
30/01/2018

UK: Crimes motivated by misogyny should be classified as hate crimes

The report of the Fawcett Society discusses domestic violence, employment discrimination and a litany of other issues that women face in the UK.
Source: jurist.org
30/01/2018

Romania: European Commission expressed concern about Romania’s progress promoting the rule of law

In a joined statement President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans warn against backtracking and promise to look thoroughly at the final amendments to the justice law, the criminal codes and laws on conflict of interest and corruption.
Source: europa.eu
30/01/2018

EU: The European Court of Justice sides with Facebook in privacy class-action lawsuit

The court ruled that an Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems could not bring a class-action lawsuit involving more than 25,000 Facebook users worldwide against the social networking giant.
Source: politico.eu
30/01/2018

EU: The European Court of Justice bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seeker

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay.
Source: reuters.com 
16/01/2018

Norway: Court rules against environmental groups to allow Arctic drilling

The ruling was a defeat for environmental groups Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic, which had argued that allowing the drilling would violate the country's obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as the Norwegian Constitution.
Source: jurist.org
16/01/2018

EU: European Court of Justice told same-sex spouses have residence rights

EU countries should recognize the right of all spouses to residency even if they do not allow gay marriage, according to the advocate general for the European Court of Justice.
Source: bbc.com
16/01/2018

Luxembourg: Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour has conviction quashed

A Luxembourg court has overturned the conviction of one of two whistleblowers in the so-called Luxleaks tax scandal — the biggest leak of this kind before Panama Papers.
Source: bbc.com