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16/10/2019

Realities of Russian Legal Profession: Violence, Harassment and Internal Conflicts

Being searched or removed from the courtroom, having one’s phone tapped and email hacked — these and other violations have become routine in the daily lives of many Russian lawyers. The challenges they face are driven by external factors as well as those arising inside the corporation.
18/07/2019

Garbage Winds Getting Stronger

Why a garbage crisis has struck Russia and what has been the role of the new waste management reform, why the Soviet system of waste collection and recycling collapsed and how residents of Arkhangelsk and other Russian regions are fighting for their environmental rights—this and more in an interview with lawyer Pavel Moiseev, Head of the Legal Department at the Bellona Environmental Rights Centre.
13/05/2019

Austria’s Going Backwards on Gender Equality

Since the swearing-in of the incumbent Austrian government in December 2017, journalists, feminists and representatives of women’s rights organisations all over the country regularly protest against the attempted changes made by the government in the country’s gender politics achieved during the last 50 years
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.
15/03/2019

Expanding the Access of Legal Counsel to Prisoners in Russia

Roman Kachanov, executive director of the Interregional Human Rights Center (IHRC) in Yekaterinburg, speaks about his group’s legal victories, which have gradually removed some of the unlawful barriers preventing lawyers from gaining entry to correctional facilities and meeting with their clients.
07/02/2019

No Right to Protection: Legal Status of Women from North Caucasus Seeking Asylum in Poland

Women in the North Caucasus face serious risks and often become victims of violence but cannot find legal protection either in or outside Russia.
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.
12/12/2018

The Baikonur Cosmodrome: Are There Legal Ways to Address the Danger?

Dangerous incidents and the use of toxic fuel at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan have been a matter of concern for the local community and environmental activists for decades. Are there any legal instruments that could address these concerns?
28/11/2018

Galina Arapova: “You get the uncomfortable feeling of trying to break a wall with your head…”

We interviewed Galina Arapova, head of the Russian NGO Mass Media Defense Centre, about the fight for freedom of expression in Russia today.
31/10/2018

Freedom of speech in Lithuania: Is it really under attack?

The Government has taken several steps that pose a threat to the freedom of media in Lithuania. Even though the political leadership has not implemented all of their suggestions, the lack of respect to journalists and the public’s right to know raises many doubts about whether the pressure on the media will ever let up.
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.
09/10/2018

Yes You Can But No You Can’t: Will Russian Court Allow ICU Visitation?

A district court in Moscow turned down a complaint from a family refused access to a dying relative in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). The Moscow City Court will consider the case on appeal before the end of this year.
16/01/2018

EU: European Court of Justice told same-sex spouses have residence rights

EU countries should recognize the right of all spouses to residency even if they do not allow gay marriage, according to the advocate general for the European Court of Justice.
Source: bbc.com
16/01/2018

Norway: Court rules against environmental groups to allow Arctic drilling

The ruling was a defeat for environmental groups Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic, which had argued that allowing the drilling would violate the country's obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as the Norwegian Constitution.
Source: jurist.org
30/01/2018

EU: The European Court of Justice bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seeker

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay.
Source: reuters.com 
30/01/2018

EU: The European Court of Justice sides with Facebook in privacy class-action lawsuit

The court ruled that an Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems could not bring a class-action lawsuit involving more than 25,000 Facebook users worldwide against the social networking giant.
Source: politico.eu
30/01/2018

Romania: European Commission expressed concern about Romania’s progress promoting the rule of law

In a joined statement President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans warn against backtracking and promise to look thoroughly at the final amendments to the justice law, the criminal codes and laws on conflict of interest and corruption.
Source: europa.eu
30/01/2018

UK: Crimes motivated by misogyny should be classified as hate crimes

The report of the Fawcett Society discusses domestic violence, employment discrimination and a litany of other issues that women face in the UK.
Source: jurist.org
30/01/2018

Italy: Migrants accuse Italy of torture in French legal case

Thirty-eight African migrants have filed a case in France claiming that they suffered torture or inhuman treatment when they arrived in Italy.
Source: en.rfi.fr
30/01/2018

Poland: country adopts new controversial ‘death camp’ law

The bill, passed by Poland's lower house of parliament on Friday (26 January), threatens prison terms and fines against Polish or foreign nationals who blame Poles for atrocities against Jews committed by Nazi Germany in World War II.
Source: euobserver.com
06/02/2018

UK: Mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

Judges of the UK Court of Appeal say snooper’s charter lacks adequate safeguards around accessing personal data.
Source: theguardian.com