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“Not everyone is able to pay a lawyer 600 euros for a 100 euro claim”

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (MoJ) has published a new draft of the Concept for the Regulation of the Professional Legal […]

From Caucasus to Bialowieza: Russian and Polish Civil Society Fighting for World Heritage

In July 2017, Krakow hosted the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This year, the high-profile event was characterised, on one hand, […]

‘Torture’ in Criminal Law: Legal Norms and Standards of Judicial Review

Intentional excessive suffering which an individual experiences against their will and cannot independently stop… (a definition of ‘torture’) The epigraph above does not sound […]

Romanian Rules Regarding the Expulsion or Deportation of Foreign Offenders

*This text is an answer to the question from Valentin Gefter “How Does National and International Law Protect Foreign Offenders?” In the context of […]

“Today it’s about clothing size, but tomorrow, it could be eye and skin colour”

After winning a labour dispute with Aeroflot, flight attendant Evgeniya Magurina and her lawyer Ksenia Mikhailichenko of the Center for Social and Labor Rights […]

Client Earth: Protecting the Planet with Law

For nearly a decade, environmental NGO Client Earth has been using legal mechanisms to protect their only one but very important client—Planet Earth. Composed […]

We will not register as a foreign-funded organization

  Statement of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee1As agreed with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, we are publishing, in English and Russian, the statement published on […]

Balázs Dénes: ‘We Would Like to See That the EU Wakes Up, Democracy Will Not Protect Itself’

In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Balázs Dénes, executive director of the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, talks about the need for a […]

Elena Rodríguez: “There is no guarantee that funds will be used directly to support people”

Can you tell us about the Third Sector Platform [Spanish: Plataforma del Tercer Sector]? Are there differences between what is called “the third sector” […]

Malicious Intent

*This article is an updated version of the original piece published here on 20 July. A week later, the events unfolded in an unexpected […]

Vera Vrubel: “Here I Was, Mad as Hell”

Resident of St. Petersburg on Her Crusade against a Homophobic Entrepreneur Russian businessman German Sterligov is known for his ultra-Orthodox Christian views, among other […]

Judgment in the Luzgin Case and Its Implications for Freedom of Historical Discussion

A local court in Perm, Russia found Vladimir Luzgin guilty of “publicly denying the facts established by the International Military Tribunal for trial and […]

German government reaches agreement on Supply Chain Act

Germany’s government has reached agreement on legislation that obliges German companies to carry out due diligence regarding human rights and environmental issues in supply chains globally.

Source: Reuters


Member states fail to transpose EU law criminalising hate speech and hate crimes

The European Commission decided to send letters of formal notice to Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, and Sweden as their national laws do not fully or accurately transpose EU rules on combating racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.

Source: Brussels Times


ECHR calls on Russia to release Alexey Navalny immediately

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has demanded that Russia release opposition politician Alexey Navalny from custody immediately. According to his lawyer Olga Mikhailova, the Russian authorities are obliged to comply with this ruling, in according with the rules of the European Court.

Source: Meduza


Portugal’s euthanasia law goes for constitutional review

Portugal’s president asked the country’s Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people.

Source: AP


EU takes legal steps against Hungary over NGO law

The European Commission began an infringement procedure against Hungary over a controversial law requiring foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to disclose their donors to authorities or face fines.

Source: DW


Dutch court escalates rule of law battle with Poland

An Amsterdam court rejected the extradition of a Polish narcotrafficking suspect to his home country, citing rule of law concerns and “a real risk” the defendant wouldn’t get a fair trial in Poland. This decision marks a further escalation of the political and legal battle between the EU and Warsaw.

Source: Politico


Liberia war crimes: Rebel commander on trial in Finland

The trial of a suspected warlord accused of atrocities during Liberia's civil war has started in Finland. He is accused of killing civilians and soldiers who had just been disarmed, rape and recruiting child soldiers. He denies the charges and says he was taking part in peace talks at the time of the alleged crimes.

Source: BBC


How Hungary is violating EU law on refugees

The European Court of Justice ruled that Hungary's deportation of refugees to Serbia was unlawful. But Viktor Orban's national-conservative government is ignoring the judgement — and continuing to deport refugees.

Source: DW


Same-sex couple takes baby citizenship fight to top EU court

A same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar took their fight to obtain nationality for their stateless baby girl to the EU's top court. Lawyers say their battle might be a test case for thousands of same-sex parents, whose children are at risk of citizenship limbo because of legislative differences across the EU member states.

Source: France 24