Legal Dialogue

27/07/2020

German state of Baden-Württemberg to ban niqabs and burkas in schools

Authorities in Baden-Württemberg have begun procedures to introduce a legal regulation to ban girls from wearing burkas and niqabs in school. Next steps will include a legal hearing and parliamentary debates before the amendment itself can be tabled in parliament for a reading.

Source: Euronews
20/07/2020

Captain to face trial in first Italy ‘migrant push-back’ case

Italy will put the captain of an Italian-flagged vessel on trial for allegedly pushing back migrants to Libya. The vessel picked up 101 migrants in international waters in July 2018 and returned them to Libya's capital city Tripoli, which is not considered a safe port under international law.

Source: EUobserver
20/07/2020

France drafts law for returning colonial-era artifacts

The French government presented a draft law that would enable France to return certain cultural artifacts taken from African countries during the colonial era. The new legislation stipulates that these objects must be given back within one year from when the law goes into effect.

Source: The Washington Times
20/07/2020

Former wife of ISIS fighter can return to UK to fight for her citizenship

Citizenship of Shamima Begum was revoked by the Home Office on security grounds after she was found in a refugee camp in 2019. The Court of Appeal said she had been denied a fair hearing because she could not make her case from the Syrian camp.

Source: BBC
20/07/2020

Russia has a new draft law with major consequences for transgender people

A group of representatives from the Federation Council want to ban transgender people in Russia from marrying. They also want to make it more difficult for couples that include one trans partner to adopt children.

Source: Meduza
20/07/2020

Police in Germany have too much access to personal online data, top court says

Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that current police access to personal data from phone and internet users is unconstitutional. The suit, brought by over 6,000 plaintiffs, was filed in 2013 by the current European Pirate Party politician.

Source: DW
13/07/2020

Romania criminalises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence

Romania now recognises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence, under a new legal amendment. Domestic violence will now include a provision specifically for "cybernetic violence" which intends to "shame, humble, scare, threat, or silence the victim". This will include online threats or messages, or where a partner sends intimate graphic content without consent.

Source: Euronews
13/07/2020

The Netherlands brings Russia to court over the downing of MH17

The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Source: The New York Times
13/07/2020

Denmark: the law that could make climate change illegal

New climate law recently passed in Denmark tries to find a way around common pitfalls of climate laws. It makes Denmark one of a small number of countries beginning to provide new blueprints of how government can genuinely tackle climate change.

Source: BBC