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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.
23/12/2019

Italian Immigration Policy, 2018–2019: From Odyssey to Safe Haven?

“We have just heard that we have been assigned a place of safety. We are now on our way to the island of Lampedusa in Italy”. This is the message by an aid worker of Médecins Sans Frontières sent out to 82 rescued Libyan refugees. The permission to land rings in a new beginning in Italian migration policy, which might have an effect on a broadly and long-discussed topic also on the European level.
22/11/2019

A Concise Comparison of Legal Clinics in Malta, Scotland, and Wales

Today, legal clinics operating on the basis of universities are one of the important forms of training law students. Legal Dialogue Journal talks about three European legal clinics.
19/12/2017

Russia: More than 70 Crimean Tatar activists put on trial in Crimea

Cases are connected to mass single-person pickets that were held on October 14th in different locations over Crimea.
Source: novayagazeta.ru
19/12/2017

Finland: journalist’s home searched for the case on disclosure of state secrets

Laura Halmisen is one of the authors of the article about centre of electronic reconnaissance published in the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
Source: hs.fi
19/12/2017

Ireland: parliament committee to recommend limited legalization of abortion

A committee in Ireland's Houses of Oireachtas voted to recommend that the full parliament repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, which dictates that an unborn child and mother have an equal right to life.
Source: jurist.org
19/12/2017

Opinion: the Guardian view on the effectiveness of international law

World justice is failing the innocent when tyrants kill with impunity.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Greece: Muslim minority hails change to limit power of sharia law

PM welcomes legislation allowing them to opt for Greece’s secular legal system instead of Islamic law to resolve divorce, child custody and inheritance matters.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Spain: Activist and journalist Helena Maleno in Moroccan court over people smuggling charge

Helena Maleno is thought to have saved hundreds of lives by alerting maritime authorities to plight of vulnerable migrants
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

UK: Brexit bill leaves a hole in UK human rights

British civil rights groups sound a warning over effects of EU withdrawal legislation.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Russia: The head of Memorial in Chechnya detained

A case about the possession of drugs was filed against human rights activist Oyub Titiev. On January 11 he was arrested for two months.
Source: zona.media
16/01/2018

Luxembourg: Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour has conviction quashed

A Luxembourg court has overturned the conviction of one of two whistleblowers in the so-called Luxleaks tax scandal — the biggest leak of this kind before Panama Papers.
Source: bbc.com