Legal Dialogue

09/07/2018

Romanian president threatened with impeachment

The leader of Romania’s ruling party has threatened to launch impeachment proceedings against the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis, after he condemned the government’s latest bid to soften anti-corruption legislation.
Source: irishtimes.com
09/07/2018

European Commission launches infringement procedure against Poland judiciary law

The law drops the retirement age from 70 to 65, which will require 27 out of 72 judges to retire, including “the First President of the Supreme Court, whose 6-year mandate would be prematurely terminated.” Judges may request their mandates be prolonged for a period of up to three years, but no criteria is in place to guide President Andrzej Duda in making those decisions.
Source: jurist.org
09/07/2018

The European Parliament rejected the directive on copyright in the Internet

The directive envisaged toughening of the regulation of copyright objects on the Internet. The 11th article about the "tax on links" and the 13th article on the responsibility of online platforms for content downloaded by users caused the greatest fears of its opponents.
Source: meduza.io
09/07/2018

Journalists in Russia can be labeled “foreign agents”

Amendments to the law on media “foreign agents” approved by the State Duma’s Information policy committee allow counting as “foreign agent” all those who cooperate with the media.
Source: kommersant.ru
03/07/2018

In Russia companies started to keep correspondence of citizens

The last part of the antiterror package of laws of deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov came into force. Now, communication operators and Internet companies will have to store all messages of Russian users for a certain time and transmit them on request to special services.
Source: meduza.io
03/07/2018

EU rule of law procedure hangs over Hungary

The justice committee of the EU parliament voted to launch a rule of law procedure against Hungary. This threatens to strip the country of its EU voting rights on the grounds of grave violations of European values.
Source: eurotopics.net
03/07/2018

Poland’s rule of law puts EU in a double bind

Poland had to answer to the foreign ministers of the other EU states for the first time about its judicial reform. The hearing was part of the procedure initiated by the EU Commission against the government in Warsaw.
Source: eurotopics.net
03/07/2018

Russia: an unprecedented case of member of the Center for Combating Extremism

The case of the former head of the Center for Combating Extremism (CPE) of the Republic of Ingushetia, Colonel Timur Khamkhoev and his subordinates is being heard in the military garrison court of Nalchik, the process. Police officers are accused of torture, including fatalities.
Source: novayagazeta.ru
03/07/2018

Sweden approves new law recognising sex without consent as rape

The new law, due to come into effect on 1 July, says a person must give clear consent, verbal or physical. Prosecutors will no longer need to prove violence or that the victim was in a vulnerable situation in order to establish rape.
Source: bbc.com