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01/02/2018

A Case of Two Stamps

On 4 January 2018, two men, both Russian nationals, were legally married in Copenhagen, Denmark. On 25 January 2018, after returning to Moscow, they […]
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 […]
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 […]
19/12/2017

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 2)

Part 2. Mechanisms for Managing Humanitarian Migration to European Continent In 2014 to 2016, EU Member States faced an influx of humanitarian migration which […]
14/12/2017

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 1)

The current EU legislation on migration and asylum has been set out and interpreted in a number of legal documents. The existence of multiple […]
14/11/2017

Malte Spitz: ‘In the Digital Era, Everyone Should Be in Control of Their Data’

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights) is one of the first European NGOs to use strategic litigation in the area of human and […]
09/11/2017

“Not everyone is able to pay a lawyer 600 euros for a 100 euro claim”

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (MoJ) has published a new draft of the Concept for the Regulation of the Professional Legal […]
07/11/2017

From Caucasus to Bialowieza: Russian and Polish Civil Society Fighting for World Heritage

In July 2017, Krakow hosted the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This year, the high-profile event was characterised, on one hand, […]
06/11/2017

‘Torture’ in Criminal Law: Legal Norms and Standards of Judicial Review

Intentional excessive suffering which an individual experiences against their will and cannot independently stop… (a definition of ‘torture’) The epigraph above does not sound […]
18/10/2017

Romanian Rules Regarding the Expulsion or Deportation of Foreign Offenders

*This text is an answer to the question from Valentin Gefter “How Does National and International Law Protect Foreign Offenders?” In the context of […]
18/09/2017

“Today it’s about clothing size, but tomorrow, it could be eye and skin colour”

After winning a labour dispute with Aeroflot, flight attendant Evgeniya Magurina and her lawyer Ksenia Mikhailichenko of the Center for Social and Labor Rights […]
14/08/2017

Client Earth: Protecting the Planet with Law

For nearly a decade, environmental NGO Client Earth has been using legal mechanisms to protect their only one but very important client—Planet Earth. Composed […]
26/04/2017

Igor Kochetkov: “We Must Rescue All Those We Can Rescue and Help Them Leave Russia”

Igor Kochetkov, Russian LGBT-activist and chairman of the LGBT-Network, talks about the mass persecution of gay people in Chechnya, their possible evacuation from the […]
26/04/2017

Chechen Refugees in Europe: Reasons Why They Flee Russia and Asylum Problems  

On 6 September 2016, a branch of Human Constanta, a Belarus-based human rights group, was opened in Brest to help refugees, mostly from Chechnya, […]
28/04/2017

Life in Crimea: Political Repression, Militarisation, Lawlessness and Censorship

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the peninsula has faced a difficult situation. Russian authorities have pursued a repressive policy against the locals: […]
28/04/2017

Asylum Seekers’ Access to Healthcare. Romanian and EU reflections

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” Introduction […]
28/04/2017

German Law on Social Media May Threaten Freedom of Expression  

On the threshold of parliamentary elections Germany is pushing the legislation against hate speech and fake news on social media. According to the proposed […]
01/05/2017

Vigjilenca Abazi: “Whistleblowing is a Manifestation of Freedom of Expression”

Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi is an Assistant Professor of EU Law at Maastricht University and a Research Coordinator at the Centre for European Research in […]
02/05/2017

Three Organisations Associated with Mikhail Khodorkovsky Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Justice has listed three groups associated with democracy activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky in its register of “undesirable organisations”1http://minjust.ru/ru/activity/nko/unwanted: the UK-based Open […]
02/05/2017

CeRe: Increasing Citizen Participation in Romania

The Resource Centre for Public Participation (CeRe) was founded in 2008, when nobody in Bucharest knew what civic participation was. Starting with door-knocking to […]
02/05/2017

Right to Healthcare and Access to Medical Services for Asylum Seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection in Poland

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