• The Economics of Migration: Russian Experience

    Migration in today's world is a complex phenomenon that can have both positive and negative impact: a smart and flexible migration policy can help countries strengthen their social, economic and political ties and open up new sources of capital and investment. In contrast, an irrational and excessively restrictive migration policy can cause imbalances in the labour market and income inequalities between immigrants and local residents, potentially leading to high levels of social tension.
  • A Mentally Healthy Society: Respecting Human Rights and Reducing Social Inequality as a Way to Well-Being

    What will psychiatry of the future look like and how does respecting human rights affect the mental health of citizens? Claudia Marinetti, director of the largest European mental health organisation, talks about this (and much more).
  • The Right to a Fair Trial in the Context of COVID-19 in Russia

    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Most countries including Russia have taken measures to combat coronavirus, and some of these measures have also affected the judicial system. But are they consistent with the country's fair trial obligations under international law?


15/08/2018

“Violence is usually revealed only after the woman is murdered”

We interviewed two women lawyers who litigate domestic violence cases and defend other rights of women living in the North Caucasus.
08/08/2018

Defending the right to seek asylum: a perspective from Poland

A humanitarian crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, caused by a sudden change in Poland’s migration policy, has been unfolding for two years and is still receiving very little attention from anyone other than human rights NGOs in both countries.
01/08/2018

Countries of the former Soviet Union as “Safe Countries of Origin” of asylum applicants

In EU humanitarian law, the concept of a "safe country of origin" is of utmost importance for understanding migration processes in Europe. Olga Gulina discusses why certain countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) are recognized (or not recognized) as safe countries of origin. She outlines some of the changes in this sphere over recent years, and shares statistics of asylum applications lodged in EU member states by nationals of FSU countries.
12/07/2018

No Extradition to Poland?

The Supreme Court of the European Union needs to decide whether to extradite suspects within the EU if the countries seeking extradition are drifting away from democracy
03/07/2018

Informational Self-Determination of Europe and Its Importance

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is an attempt to shift the paradigm and revise the 'social contract' of private companies and individuals defined as 'privacy in exchange for comfort and free services.'
28/06/2018

“The Sofia Declaration”: Transborder Corruption Investigations and Collaboration with European Prosecutors

Most corruption investigations that require exchange of international legal assistance between countries fail or take decades. NGOs and prosecutors discussed reasons and solutions for such situations.