Legal Dialogue


Moscow police report 155 non-permitted protests in 2019, an average of three per week

The total reported number of public events in Moscow rose by 50 percent relative to the previous year, and the number of political events rose by 60 percent.

Source: Meduza


Poland judges: Parliament and Supreme Court issue rival rulings

The Supreme Court said hundreds of judges chosen under new rules were not sufficiently independent and should no longer hear cases. At the same time, lawmakers approved legislation making it easier to fire critical judges.

Source: BBC


UK parliament votes against reuniting child refugees with families

British lawmakers in the lower house gave their final backing to the Brexit bill after removing several amendments made by the House of Lords, including a provision to reunite unaccompanied refugee children whose families are already living in the UK.

Source: DW

EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters.

Source: Reuters


Gibraltar eyes joining Schengen to ease post-Brexit border fears

Gibraltar is considering becoming part of the Schengen zone as a way of ensuring fluidity of movement on its border with Spain after Britain leaves the European Union, its Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said.



Top Russian university moves to ban political speech

One of Russia’s elite universities is considering banning its students and faculty from exercising political speech in the wake of high-profile scandals involving free speech last year, according to its newly proposed rules.

Source: The Moscow Times


Lithuania discriminated against gay couple – ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Lithuania's law enforcement authorities discriminated against a gay couple when they refused to investigate hate speech on social media.

Source: LRT


EU launches “fair minimum wage” initiative

The EU Commission has started talks with businesses and trade unions to ensure a fair minimum wage for all EU workers. However, the body said that they are not aiming to set up a "one-size-fits-all" system.

Source: Deutsche Welle


Half a year later, police officers who arrested journalist Ivan Golunov face criminal charges

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against the police officers who arrested Russian journalist Ivan Golunov. Golunov was arrested on June 6, 2019, when he said police planted drugs on him and framed him for intent to distribute.

Source: Meduza