Legal Dialogue

12/05/2020

Poland holds ghost election with 0% turnout

Sunday’s presidential election in Poland had a record low turnout of 0%. The vote was not officially cancelled but polling stations stayed closed.

Source: The Guardian
12/05/2020

European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to provide life-saving medicine to infant with rare neuromuscular disorder

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian authorities to provide six-month-old an infant diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with access to the life-saving medication nusinersen.

Source: Meduza
12/05/2020

Bulgarian Court stops construction work in national park

Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court has halted construction work and logging in the Pirin National Park — a victory for environmentalists over the authorities after a three-year legal battle.

Source: Balkaninsight
12/05/2020

Germany passes law banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

The legislation is intended to stop groups offering the service which claims to be able to change a person's sexual orientation to under-18s.

Source: BBC
05/05/2020

Malta told to invite Europol to investigate journalist murder

Media freedom watchdogs have written a letter to Malta's attorney general, demanding a joint investigation team from Europol to help with the case of murdered investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Source: EU Observer
05/05/2020

Croatian President Milanovic protests WWII Ustasha slogan

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has walked out of a war of independence memorial event when some of the participants displayed a slogan used by the pro-Nazi Ustasha militia.

Source: DW
05/05/2020

EU launches legal case against Poland over judicial independence

The European Commission opened a fourth legal case against Poland, for undermining judicial independence and breaching EU law, following the country’s controversial judicial reforms.

Source: New Europe
05/05/2020

Germany to set out rules for religious services including singing ban

Germany is to set out guidelines for holding religious services during the coronavirus pandemic with a list of strict restrictions expected to include a ban on singing.

Source: The Guardian
05/05/2020

Russian Supreme Court advises against jailing people accused of minor offenses due to COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Supreme Court has issued a recommendation advising judges to only detain people suspected or accused of non-serious crimes in exceptional cases.

Source: Meduza