Legal Dialogue

12/06/2018

Russia defends the law on foreign agents in court in Strasbourg

The law on “foreign agents” does not go beyond the general practice in other countries and does not infringe upon the rights of applicants. This is stated in the repeated 21-page memorandum sent by the Russian representative to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Mikhail Galperin in response to a request from the court after the complaints of Ecodefense and 48 other organizations recognized as foreign agents.
Source: vedomosti.ru
05/06/2018

A new report on “female circumcision” in Russia is out

The Justice Initiative Foundation published a report on the practice of female genital mutilation (called "female circumcision") in some districts of Dagestan.
Source: meduza.io
05/06/2018

EU tightens law on foreign temporary workers

The revised rules adopted by the European Parliament mean posted workers will be entitled to the same level of pay as their local counterparts.
Source: bbc.com
05/06/2018

Bavarians wary of new law requiring crosses in all public buildings

Bavaria is bracing itself for the introduction of a new law under which Christian crosses will have to hang in the entrance of all public buildings. Despite opposition from prominent members of the Catholic church and leading theologians, the law will come into effect in the southern German state on Friday.
Source: theguardian.com
05/06/2018

Europe rights court finds Lithuania and Romania complicit in CIA torture program

The European Court of Human Rights found that Lithuania and Romania had violated articles of the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing secret CIA prisons.
Source: jurist.org
05/06/2018

Denmark bans full-face veils in public from August 1

Danish lawmakers have passed a ban on wearing items of clothing in public that conceal the face, which includes some forms of Islamic dress. The government says, however, that the law is not aimed at religions.
Source: dw.com
29/05/2018

Ireland votes to end abortion ban

Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.
Source: nytimes.com
29/05/2018

Europe’s new privacy rules took effect May 25

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is the largest overhaul of the region’s rules in more than 20 years. It’s aimed at giving the Continent’s more than 500 million citizens greater control over how their digital information is used by companies and governments.
Source: politico.eu
29/05/2018

Swedish law now recognizes sex without consent as rape

It is the first law in the country that acknowledges sex without explicit consent as rape, a move lawmakers say is “based on the obvious.” With the passage of the law, Sweden became the 10th country in Western Europe to recognize nonconsensual sex as rape.
Source: nytimes.com