Rule of law

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.
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.
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.
27/07/2017

Balázs Dénes: ‘We Would Like to See That the EU Wakes Up, Democracy Will Not Protect Itself’

In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Balázs Dénes, executive director of the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, talks about the need for a […]
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

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

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 […]
29/11/2016

Harry Hummel: ‘The EU is Built upon the Assumption that all its Members are Grown-up Democracies’

In an interview for the Legal Dialogue, Harry Hummel, Associate Policy Director of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and member of the Steering Committee of […]
29/11/2016

Remarks on the Polish Legal Community’s Reaction to the Constitutional Crisis

Since 2015, Poland has been going through a constitutional crisis related to the position and functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal. The crisis poses a […]
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 […]