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01/12/2016

Can Human Rights Activists Facing Trouble in their Countries Find Protection in the EU?

Alessio Scandurra from Observation Mission “Detention Conditions of Adults” at the Antigone Association in Italy asks: We recently had a meeting at the Ministry of […]
30/11/2016

Ensuring Access to Justice: INLAR Story on Pro Bono Legal Help to Refugees

This year the second EuropeLab organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum brought together more than 80 young professionals from the EU, Russia, and […]
29/11/2016

Harry Hummel: ‘The EU is Built upon the Assumption that all its Members are Grown-up Democracies’

In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Harry Hummel, Associate Policy Director of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and member of the Steering Committee of […]
29/11/2016

Remarks on the Polish Legal Community’s Reaction to the Constitutional Crisis

Since 2015, Poland has been going through a constitutional crisis related to the position and functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal. The crisis poses a […]
29/11/2016

Elena Zhemkova: ‘Ministry of Justice Decision Contradicts Constitutional Court’s Ruling’

An international organisation – the International Memorial – was included in the Russian list of  “organisations performing the functions of foreign agents” for the […]
29/11/2016

Prominent Human Rights Activists Ousted from Russia’s Prison Watchdog

New rosters of Public Monitoring Commissions (PMC), Russia’s only independent prison watchdog, were released on 21 October1Public Monitoring Commissions roster, published on the website […]
29/11/2016

Germany’s New Law Punishes Harassment and Groping, Defines Rape

In July, the Bundestag, lower house of the German Parliament, voted for amendments of the country’s criminal law,1The Law Amending the Criminal Code Improves […]
29/11/2016

Austria, Denmark Push Refugees Away With Harsher Legislation

This year Austria and Denmark have accommodated half as many refugees as in 2015. Moreover, the two countries seem to have made accepting as […]
27/11/2016

Russia’s Controversial ‘Yarovaya Package’ Targets Missionaries, Threatens Privacy

The so-called ‘Yarovaya package’, containing a series of legislative amendments ostensibly designed to combat terrorism, is perhaps the most dramatic development in  Russian legislation […]
27/11/2016

At Last, Italy Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pressured by the European Court of Human Rights, Italian authorities have adopted a law that allows same-sex couples to register civil unions. However, there […]
26/11/2016

Domestic Violence Law: ‘Connected Persons’ Concept Added to Russia’s Criminal Code

For the first time, the Russian law has recognised a separate category of ‘connected persons’ and the fact that someone exposed to violence at […]
24/11/2016

Subsidiary Protection instead of Full Refugee Status Complicates Family Reunification

The legal requirements of the Second Asylum Seekers Package came into force in Germany on 17 March 2016. This legislation brought with it serious […]