Legal Dialogue

29/06/2020

Belgium opens criminal proceedings into claims of harassment at EU body

The Belgian public prosecutor is launching legal proceedings against a senior EU official who stands accused of psychological harassment of colleagues. Psychological harassment can be prosecuted under Belgian law.

Source: Politico

29/06/2020

A transgender woman in St. Petersburg won a landmark LGBTQ and labor rights case

She won a lawsuit for unlawful dismissal. Russian court rejected her former employer’s appeal, marking the end of the court proceedings.

Source: Meduza

29/06/2020

Top German court reimposes data curbs on Facebook

Lead judge Peter Meier-Beck, explaining the decision, said there was no serious doubt that Facebook had a dominant market position in Germany, nor that it had abused terms and conditions banned by the cartel office.

Source: Reuters

22/06/2020

Romania gender studies ban: Students slam new law as going ‘back to the Middle Ages’

The law approved by Romanian lawmakers would ban all educational institutions from "propagating theories and opinion on gender identity according to which gender is a separate concept from biological sex.

Source: Euronews

22/06/2020

France’s top court rejects core of law targeting online hate speech

France’s top court rejected most of a draft law that would have compelled social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter to remove any hateful content within 24 hours. According to the ruling, the law interferes excessively in free speech.

Source: Euractiv

22/06/2020

Hungary ‘broke EU law with foreign funding rules’

A Hungarian law requires NGOs that receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign-supported organisations" and publish donor names. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the restrictions were discriminatory against NGOs and donors.

Source: BBC

22/06/2020

Illegitimate children of Jews evicted by Nazis are German citizens, court rules

A U.S. woman born to a Jewish father stripped of his German citizenship by the Nazis in 1938 cannot be denied naturalisation for being an illegitimate child, Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled.

Source: Reuters

22/06/2020

The ECHR ordered Russia to pay 20 thousand euros to the victim of domestic violence and again demanded the adoption of laws to protect women

The ECHR underlines that Russia does not adopt laws to protect victims of domestic violence and is "reluctant to recognise the seriousness and scope of the problem" and "its discriminatory impact on women." According to the judges, the State has failed to create conditions that would allow women to live without fear and to count on protection.

Source: Mediazona

16/06/2020

Malta’s abortion taboo leaves women in despair

Abortion is illegal in all circumstances in Malta, the only EU country that has a total ban on the procedure with no exceptions. Border closures have trapped women seeking safe terminations and exposed the plight of those who cannot afford to travel.

Source: The Guardian