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28/06/2021

Tatiana Glushkova: ‘The choice is yours: either to live under constant threat or to post nothing but cute kittens in social media’

In an exclusive interview for Legal Dialogue, lawyer Tatyana Glushkova and journalist Vladimir Shvedov discuss the multiple forms of 'foreign agent' labels in Russia today and their implications for those affected.
03/05/2021

Searching for balance: freedom of expression and the use of criminal measures to combat COVID-19 misinformation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation has become an important problem that threatens the health and even lives of people. But where is the line to be drawn between the fight against the spread of disinformation and the attack on free speech?
31/03/2021

All in the Same Boat?

How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of prisoners, disabled people, and refugees At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring […]
22/02/2021

One Year After Mietendeckel: How Berlin Rent Cap Works

A year ago, Berlin passed the Mietendeckel, "a rent cap law". How does it work today and what do city residents and landlords think about it?
11/01/2021

Brexit: implications for human rights in the UK

How are Brexit and human rights related? Simon Cosgrove, the Chair of the Trustees of "Rights in Russia", in his column reflects on how Britain's exit from the EU has impacted the present and future of human rights.
22/12/2020

Repaying Historical Dues: Here Is Your European Passport

Today, a number of European states allow the descendants of people who fled their home countries in the 30-40s of the 20th century, or even in the 15th century, to restore their lost European citizenship. How do these legal initiatives work in practice? Can they remedy the injustices of the past?
23/11/2020
Фото: Семейный архив Евгении Шашевой

Echoes of Stalin’s “Great Terror.” How the descendants of repression continue to fight for their rights

Massive political repression in the USSR peaked in the late 1930s, but the descendants of the repressed are still fighting to restore the honest name of their ancestors and are trying to return home from their places of exile, to where their families were expelled decades ago.
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?
07/12/2017

Romania: legal reform shifts social costs to the Romania’s workers

The government has passed a reform that will put the burden of paying social costs on employees.
Source: euro|topics 
07/12/2017

Germany: the country has recognized “third gender”

Germany's top court required parliament to legally recognize a "third gender" from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as neither male nor female.
Source: thelocal.de 
14/12/2017

Russia: the country adopts ‘foreign agent’ media law

The only criteria to consider a media as ‘foreign agent’ will be its funding.
Source: vedomosti.ru 
14/12/2017

UK: Council of Europe accepts UK compromise on prisoner voting rights

Deal to allow a small number of prisoners to vote brings to an end a 12-year standoff between Strasbourg and London.
Source: theguardian.com
14/12/2017

Hungary: EU takes Hungary to ECJ over crackdown ‘aimed at George Soros’

European commission says it is suing country over laws on education and foreign-backed civil society organisations.
Source: theguardian.com
14/12/2017

EU: European Commission will take Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the Court of Justice over their failure to accept their quota of refugees

The European Commission decided to refer the three countries to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation.
Source: europa.eu
14/12/2017

Austria: Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples in Austria will be able to legally marry from 2019.
Source: bbc.com
14/12/2017

Russia: the court upheld the fine imposed on Telegram for refusing to provide data to FSB

After the court decision comes into force, Roscomnadzor will have reasons for blocking the messenger in Russia.
Source: meduza.io
19/12/2017

Romania: House of Deputies approves controversial judicial reform

The EU has criticised the amendments for endangering the independence of the judges and giving corrupt parliamentarians immunity from prosecution.
Source: eurotopics.net