Legal Dialogue

15/04/2019

Upskirting law comes into force in England and Wales as cases rise

Police say 94 incidents reported last year for offence now punishable with jail term up to two years. Upskirting is a term used to describe the act of taking a sexually intrusive photograph up someone’s skirt without their permission.
Source: theguardian.com
15/04/2019

Russia’s trash reform faces non-payments

Trash collection companies in at least nine Russian regions are at risk of shutting down over unpaid bills. Waste disposal operators may stop work due to non-payment in nine regions of the Russian Federation. The difficulties are blamed on nationwide reforms tasking regions with choosing operators to collect waste that took effect on Jan. 1. Half of the citizens don’t pay new bills.
Source: svoboda.org
15/04/2019

The Gay Enemy in Poland’s Culture War

The governing "Law and Justice" party in Poland says LGBT groups are a dangerous threat and it’s turning them into an election issue.
Source:bloomberg.com
15/04/2019

EU approves controversial copyright reform

Google and other search engines will have to pay publishers to share articles and other materials in the Internet. New copyright regulations are supposed to be implemented by the EU countries within two years.
Source: dw.com
15/04/2019

UN rights expert finds violations of rights to housing in France

UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on Friday highlighted an extreme lack of adequate housing in France, as detailed in her preliminary findings. Farha’s report breaks down France’s housing issues, detailing the government’s lack of response to housing needs, the poor conditions of the existing housing supply, and the continued increase in extreme poverty and homelessness.
Source: jurist.org
08/04/2019

Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry proposes refusing reentry to migrants who don’t pay for their own deportation

Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry has prepared a bill that, if passed, would introduce stricter requirements for migrants who are deported from Russia to reimburse the costs of their own deportation.
Source: meduza.io
08/04/2019

Italy’s city of love becomes a battlefield

An international conservative congress aimed at promoting “family values” saw the otherwise quiet city of Verona become the scene of a culture clash between ultra-religious participants and tens of thousands of protesters.
Source: politico.eu
08/04/2019

EU launches new infringement proceedings against Poland over judiciary reforms

The European Commission launched infringement proceedings against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice regarding its new disciplinary regime for judges. The notice alleges that the new regime “undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges by not offering necessary guarantees to protect them from political control, as required by the Court of Justice of the European Union.” Poland has two months to reply.
Source: jurist.org
08/04/2019

Germany draft legislation changes organ donation system to ‘opt-out’

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, on Monday proposed a bill to tackle a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would make everyone a potential organ donor unless they have expressly “opted-out.”
Source: jurist.org