Legal Dialogue


Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

Dutch court has ruled that an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud should be immediately halted because it violates human rights. As governments around the world increasingly use artificial intelligence and risk modelling to administer welfare benefits and other essential services, the decision in the Netherlands could set a strong legal precedent and inspire the filing of similar cases and a reevaluation of digital welfare systems.

Source: The Guardian


Russia’s share of European Human Rights cases hits 7-year high

Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to ECHR data. Russia last year accounted for 15,050 out of a total of 59,800 pending cases in the Strasbourg-based court, or one-quarter of all applications.

Source: The Moscow Times


EU demands access to UK waters in order to sign trade deal

The European Union will link any access to its market for British products directly to the access that EU boats will be given to U.K. waters, the bloc’s chief negotiator said.

Source: AP


Russian Justice Ministry proposes fines for users who share articles from non-registered media

The Justice Ministry’s proposal for an updated codex includes a provision penalizing “the preparation or distribution of items produced by an unregistered mass media source” as well as sources whose registration papers fail to include any new information such as a change in ownership.

Source: Meduza


Berlin freezes rents for 5 years in a bid to slow gentrification

The move, in a capital once known for its artists and its party scene, aims to reverse a trend that is driving out older and lower-income residents.

Source: The New York Times


The path to a stronger justice system in Slovakia?

Two years ago, a contract killer shot the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé Martina Kusnirova. The alleged perpetrators have been testifying in a case since January 2020 and the odds that Marian Kocner, a businessman with ties to government officials, will be found guilty have grown. The trial is destabilising the Slovak politics and society.

Source: New Europe


France vows to punish striking workers who cut power to thousands in Paris

France has vowed to punish striking workers who cut power supplies to tens of thousands of homes and businesses people in a wildcat protest over pension reform.

Source: Euronews


Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

Last Friday, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was expelling two Russian diplomats who, according to prosecutors, have been involved in espionage. The Russian embassy in Sofia declared that the diplomats would leave the country but that Moscow reserved its right to respond to these expulsions.

Source: Reuters


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