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09/11/2020

National Sovereignty or International Law? The Russian Constitution Has the Last Word

On January 2020, President Putin called for amending the Russian Constitution to establish its precedence over supranational judicial bodies, meaning, primarily, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Interestingly, this was not a new idea: Russian legal experts who for many years have been suggesting such an amendment to the Constitution had referred to German precedent.
09/10/2020

Memory Laws in Russia and Other Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, states must guarantee free and open debates about the past. Yet, with the rise of memory laws, the right to free expression has been endangered.
16/09/2020

Is the Impossible Possible? International Monitoring of Regional and Local Elections in the Russian Federation

In August 2019, several international organisations received a request to send observers to monitor elections in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But the attempt to involve international observers in these elections ended in failure: international observation of the nationwide single voting day on 8 September, 2019, was not implemented.
28/08/2020

The Case of the Khachaturyan Sisters: A Turning Point in Russian Domestic Violence Law?

Russia still has no domestic violence legislation. Will the case of the Khachaturian sisters, three girls who have been subjected to abuse by their father for many years, become a turning point in the adoption of such a law?
23/07/2020

Extradition from the EU to Russia as a Pretext

What is the future of Russian citizens extradited from EU countries to their homeland? According to the European Convention on Human Rights and European human rights case law, a country attempting to extradite an accused person must assess the risks that the person may face. But do the European courts assess these risks correctly?
24/06/2020

The Economics of Migration: Russian Experience

Migration in today's world is a complex phenomenon that can have both positive and negative impact: a smart and flexible migration policy can help countries strengthen their social, economic and political ties and open up new sources of capital and investment. In contrast, an irrational and excessively restrictive migration policy can cause imbalances in the labour market and income inequalities between immigrants and local residents, potentially leading to high levels of social tension.
18/06/2020

A Mentally Healthy Society: Respecting Human Rights and Reducing Social Inequality as a Way to Well-Being

What will psychiatry of the future look like and how does respecting human rights affect the mental health of citizens? Claudia Marinetti, director of the largest European mental health organisation, talks about this (and much more).
28/05/2020

The Right to a Fair Trial in the Context of COVID-19 in Russia

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Most countries including Russia have taken measures to combat coronavirus, and some of these measures have also affected the judicial system. But are they consistent with the country's fair trial obligations under international law?
30/04/2020

Standing Up for the Rights of Women Living with HIV: Common Challenges

More than one million people currently live with HIV in Russia. Having long moved beyond the so-called risk groups, the virus is rapidly spreading in the general population. However, with the right treatment, HIV is a chronic manageable disease which cannot be transmitted via casual contact. Yet despite the increasing availability of current and accurate information about HIV, with large-scale awareness campaigns running from time to time across the country, HIV stigma and discrimination persist.
07/04/2020

Unemployment, Stigmatisation, and Social Control: What Convicted Women in the North Caucasus Face

We know little about the lives of convicted women in Russia as a whole, and even less about the lives of convicted women in the North Caucasus. Crime is considered a huge disgrace for families in the region, and so the difficulties faced by ex-convicts are not discussed.
13/02/2020

The Future of Human Rights and the Council of Europe: The Need for a Reset

The EU-Russia Legal Dialogue symposium was held in Berlin on October 31–November 2, 2019. Its theme was “The Role of Civil Society in the Council of Europe: Strengthening Mechanisms to Address Current Challenges in Human Rights and the Rule of Law.” Lawyers and representatives of NGOs discussed how to interact with the Council of Europe in the current political conjuncture.
20/01/2020

Is Germany Encouraging Migrants in Skilled Labour?

On 1 March 2020, a new Skilled Immigration Act will come into force in Germany. This law, like other, has contributed to migration intentions in Eastern Europe. However, a careful study of the changes introduced by the new law reveals that not all dreams of easy immigration and getting employment in Germany will come true. Who will find it easier to immigrate and find employment in Germany? What are the requirements set forth in the new law on immigration of skilled workers? These are just the questions we set out to answer.
01/05/2017

Vigjilenca Abazi: “Whistleblowing is a Manifestation of Freedom of Expression”

Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi is an Assistant Professor of EU Law at Maastricht University and a Research Coordinator at the Centre for European Research in […]
14/12/2017

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 1)

The current EU legislation on migration and asylum has been set out and interpreted in a number of legal documents. The existence of multiple […]
19/12/2017

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 2)

Part 2. Mechanisms for Managing Humanitarian Migration to European Continent In 2014 to 2016, EU Member States faced an influx of humanitarian migration which […]
28/06/2018

“The Sofia Declaration”: Transborder Corruption Investigations and Collaboration with European Prosecutors

Most corruption investigations that require exchange of international legal assistance between countries fail or take decades. NGOs and prosecutors discussed reasons and solutions for such situations.
03/07/2018

Informational Self-Determination of Europe and Its Importance

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is an attempt to shift the paradigm and revise the 'social contract' of private companies and individuals defined as 'privacy in exchange for comfort and free services.'
21/09/2018
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European Prison Litigation Network: “Any advances in the law and legislation can be undermined and must be constantly monitored.”

We interviewed the leaders of the European Prison Litigation Network (EPLN), a leading organization that advocates for prisoners’ rights in broader Europe: Hugues de Suremain, lawyer, EPLN’s co-founder and legal coordinator, and Julia Krikorian, its coordinator of the development.
22/10/2018

Marine Plastic Pollution: Can Law Help?

While the prevention of waste pollution of the marine environment is ensured by several legal documents on international, regional and national levels, the effectiveness of such initiatives is still not clear.
23/01/2019

Ballot Selfies and Freedom of Expression: European Court of Human Rights Approach

The Legal Dialogue Grant Programme has made it possible for Russian lawyers Yana Zagorskaya and Artyom Lapov to attend a hearing at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The Grand Chamber deliberated whether taking and sharing photographs of one’s ballot paper was acceptable and whether it could affect the electoral process.
05/04/2019

Incendiary Content

The Council of Europe and the European Union have been trying to curb hate speech on the internet, but social networks are at loggerheads with the human rights paradigm.