Political persecution

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.
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.
23/09/2019

ILO Convention on Combating Violence and Harassment at Work: History and Significance

In 2019, after many years of discussion, the ILO adopted the Convention on Combating Violence and Harassment at Work. Why is this document called historical in its meaning and expected legal consequences?
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.