Legal Dialogue

27/04/2020

Dutch court approves euthanasia in cases of advanced dementia

Doctors in the Netherlands are able to carry out euthanasia on patients with severe dementia without fear of prosecution even if the patient no longer expresses an explicit wish to die, the country’s highest court has ruled.

Source: The Guardian

27/04/2020

Norway supreme court to hear case against Arctic oil exploration

Norway’s supreme court will hear a lawsuit opposing the country’s Arctic oil exploration brought by Greenpeace and other environmental groups in a landmark case for Western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer.

Source: Reuters

27/04/2020

Russia won’t amnesty prisoners for Victory Day this year

Federal lawmakers are not planning to adopt legislation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany with a general amnesty of certain prisoners.

Source: Meduza

20/04/2020

Austria becomes second EU country to exit coal

Austria officially closed its last coal-fired power plant. It has now become the second EU country to halt coal burning for electricity production after Belgium closed its last coal power plant in 2016.

Source: Euractiv

20/04/2020

Russia’s State Duma passes law allowing dual citizenship for new applicants

The State Duma has approved a law that would allow individuals to apply for Russian citizenship without losing their existing citizenship elsewhere.

Source: Meduza

20/04/2020

Poland’s ruling party seeks constitutional change to extend president’s term

Law and Justice party has proposed changing the constitution to extend President Andrzej Duda’s term by two years because of threats related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Reuters

20/04/2020

Germany plans stricter citizenship rules

Under a draft law, immigrants living in Germany under a false name would later find it extremely difficult to become citizens. The government's changes could also hamper children's chances of citizenship.

Source: DW

20/04/2020

Five ways attorneys are protecting rights of the incarcerated around the world

During the pandemic, lawyers and advocates around the world are taking action to protect incarcerated individuals and those facing trial through the courts—and some of their legal strategies are saving lives.

Source: Bloomberg Law

15/04/2020

Northern Ireland confirms abortions can now be carried out

Northern Ireland authorities confirmed that abortions can now be carried out in the province’s hospitals, following threatened legal action by pro-choice groups. Health officials signaled that terminations could go ahead after allegations that local anti-choice politicians were stalling implementation of a ruling that provided for services to be introduced by the end of March.

Source: The Guardian