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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 […]
19/11/2016

Polish Parliament Backtracks on Abortion Ban Amid Mass Protests

A legislative initiative1Draft of the bill on the website of Ordo Iuris conservative organization: http://www.ordoiuris.pl/pliki/dokumenty/stop_aborcji_2016.pdf introduced to the Polish Parliament by several pro-life organisations2Conservative advocacy […]
19/11/2016

How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?

The (fundamental) right to health and healthcare applies to all human beings equally and is codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article […]
19/11/2016

Conscripts Allowed to Photograph Their Files

On 31 August 2016, St. Petersburg City Court upheld a district court’s judgement in the case of Artyom Efimov against the Military Commissariat, a […]
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
17/01/2018

Where things are “allowed” and where things are “forbidden”

Ahead of “weekend protests” that customarily take place in Moscow, OVD-Info sends out an  email to subscribers with information, including useful recommendations and links […]
29/01/2018

Climate Change Threats and Perceptions: Choice of Priorities and Role of NGOs

External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional […]
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