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29/11/2016

Remarks on the Polish Legal Community’s Reaction to the Constitutional Crisis

Since 2015, Poland has been going through a constitutional crisis related to the position and functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal. The crisis poses a […]
29/11/2016

Elena Zhemkova: ‘Ministry of Justice Decision Contradicts Constitutional Court’s Ruling’

An international organisation – the International Memorial – was included in the Russian list of  “organisations performing the functions of foreign agents” for the […]
29/11/2016

Prominent Human Rights Activists Ousted from Russia’s Prison Watchdog

New rosters of Public Monitoring Commissions (PMC), Russia’s only independent prison watchdog, were released on 21 October1Public Monitoring Commissions roster, published on the website […]
29/11/2016

Germany’s New Law Punishes Harassment and Groping, Defines Rape

In July, the Bundestag, lower house of the German Parliament, voted for amendments of the country’s criminal law,1The Law Amending the Criminal Code Improves […]
29/11/2016

Austria, Denmark Push Refugees Away With Harsher Legislation

This year Austria and Denmark have accommodated half as many refugees as in 2015. Moreover, the two countries seem to have made accepting as […]
27/11/2016

Russia’s Controversial ‘Yarovaya Package’ Targets Missionaries, Threatens Privacy

The so-called ‘Yarovaya package’, containing a series of legislative amendments ostensibly designed to combat terrorism, is perhaps the most dramatic development in  Russian legislation […]
27/11/2016

At Last, Italy Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pressured by the European Court of Human Rights, Italian authorities have adopted a law that allows same-sex couples to register civil unions. However, there […]
26/11/2016

Domestic Violence Law: ‘Connected Persons’ Concept Added to Russia’s Criminal Code

For the first time, the Russian law has recognised a separate category of ‘connected persons’ and the fact that someone exposed to violence at […]
24/11/2016

Subsidiary Protection instead of Full Refugee Status Complicates Family Reunification

The legal requirements of the Second Asylum Seekers Package came into force in Germany on 17 March 2016. This legislation brought with it serious […]
24/11/2016

Diversity of Legal Clinics Can Improve Access to Legal Aid

No longer just a trend, legal clinics are now perceived as an essential part of the educational process in law schools; in addition, legal […]
24/11/2016

International Symposium “Domestic Law in a Global Upswing? The Strained Relationship between International and Domestic Law”

The international Symposium “Domestic Law in a Global Upswing? The Strained Relationship between International and Domestic Law”  was held on 30-31 May 2016 in […]
24/11/2016

Márta Pardavi: ‘The Government has no Appetite to Listen to Us’

In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Márta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, talks about the shrinking civil space in Hungary as […]
22/05/2018

Greece lawmakers approve bill to simplify asylum procedures

The bill addresses "issues concerning the reception, hosting and integration of asylum seekers and refugees, speeding up asylum procedures as well as provisions related to immigration policy." The Migration Policy Ministry drafted the bill in accordance with two EU directives to speed up asylum processes and protect refugees.
Source: jurist.org
22/05/2018

EU takes France, Germany and others to court over air quality

The European Commission will take France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Britain to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits. The move follows a summit in January in which the Commission said it would get tough on member states that were still in breach of targets introduced for 2005 and 2010.
Source: reuters.com
22/05/2018

The bill on the third term for Putin was submitted to the State Duma

Chechen MPs proposed to change the Constitution of Russia and allow the head of state to hold this post not two, but three consecutive terms.
Source: meduza.io
22/05/2018

EU demands action by Poland’s government to protect rule of law

The commission is demanding that Poland remove the discretionary power of its president, Andrzej Duda, to prolong the mandate of supreme court judges, and abandon the extraordinary appeal procedure, which includes a power to reopen final judgments made years earlier.
Source: theguardian.com
29/05/2018

Petersburg lawyers go to Constitutional Court and the ECHR to challenge the restrictions on rallies during the World Cup

Due to the "Law on the hosting of the World Cup" and the presidential decree "On strengthened security measures" special restrictions on holding rallies are imposed in the cities that host the World Cup.
Source: echo.msk.ru
29/05/2018

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products. Single-use plastic objects and fishing gear accounts for 70 percent of trash in the ocean and the move towards "innovative alternatives" could create some 30,000 jobs.
Source: dw.com
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
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

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