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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.
21/09/2018
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European Prison Litigation Network: “Any advances in the law and legislation can be undermined and must be constantly monitored.”

We interviewed the leaders of the European Prison Litigation Network (EPLN), a leading organization that advocates for prisoners’ rights in broader Europe: Hugues de Suremain, lawyer, EPLN’s co-founder and legal coordinator, and Julia Krikorian, its coordinator of the development.
04/09/2018

“We have seen children here who have never made a drawing in their lives”

Humanitarian crisis on the border in Brest: a perspective from Belarus
15/08/2018

“Violence is usually revealed only after the woman is murdered”

We interviewed two women lawyers who litigate domestic violence cases and defend other rights of women living in the North Caucasus.
08/08/2018

Defending the right to seek asylum: a perspective from Poland

A humanitarian crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, caused by a sudden change in Poland’s migration policy, has been unfolding for two years and is still receiving very little attention from anyone other than human rights NGOs in both countries.
01/08/2018

Countries of the former Soviet Union as “Safe Countries of Origin” of asylum applicants

In EU humanitarian law, the concept of a "safe country of origin" is of utmost importance for understanding migration processes in Europe. Olga Gulina discusses why certain countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) are recognized (or not recognized) as safe countries of origin. She outlines some of the changes in this sphere over recent years, and shares statistics of asylum applications lodged in EU member states by nationals of FSU countries.
17/07/2018

Fight, Hide, Unite — where and why?

Shrinking space for civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and, since recently, in some Central European countries, has been especially harmful for NGOs working on unpopular issues. AFEW International, a regional humanitarian network, told Legal Dialogue Journal about its findings in how NGOs working with drug users and HIV prevention have been coping with this increasing pressure.
12/07/2018

No Extradition to Poland?

The Supreme Court of the European Union needs to decide whether to extradite suspects within the EU if the countries seeking extradition are drifting away from democracy
03/07/2018

Informational Self-Determination of Europe and Its Importance

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is an attempt to shift the paradigm and revise the 'social contract' of private companies and individuals defined as 'privacy in exchange for comfort and free services.'
28/06/2018

“The Sofia Declaration”: Transborder Corruption Investigations and Collaboration with European Prosecutors

Most corruption investigations that require exchange of international legal assistance between countries fail or take decades. NGOs and prosecutors discussed reasons and solutions for such situations.
30/01/2017

New Year’s Eve in Cologne: racism or prevention?

For the third consecutive year, New Year’s Eve festivities in Cologne become a matter for public debate. City police were accused of inaction in […]
31/01/2017

To Elect, to Delegate, or to Appoint?

Following the United States presidential election of 2016, the very mechanism of Electoral College and, more generally, the democratic institutions of indirect citizen participation […]
31/01/2017

How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in Russia

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” How […]
31/01/2017

Russia’s Anti-Terrorist ‘Yarovaya Law’, Controversially Implemented, In the Spotlight Again

Practice of implementing the most contentious provisions of the so-called “Yarovaya Law,” aimed at fighting and preventing terrorism, raises concern among Russia’s legal community […]
31/01/2017

The Role of German Community Foundations in the Refugee Crisis

German community foundations, Bürgerstiftungen, lie at the heart of civil society in the country1Turner, 2009. Whilst they are a relatively young form of participating […]
31/01/2017

On the Difficulty of Conducting Trans-Border Investigations

The bulk of investigations into the Russian mafia usually come to nought or are not carried out at all. Specific provisions in international legislation […]
31/01/2017

Russian Justice Initiative Submitted Original Interview Transcripts on FGM to Dagestan Prosecutor’s Office

In January 2017 the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) submitted the results of its study Female Genital Mutilation of Girls in Dagestan1Female Genital Mutilation of Girls […]
31/01/2017

Healthcare for Asylum Seekers in Italy in Theory and in Practice

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” Right […]
31/01/2017

Opening Marriage to Same-Sex Couples in the European Union

Introduction Associated Press reported on 29 November 2016 that Romania’s Constitutional Court had announced it would consult with the European Court of Justice (CJEU) […]