Law & Justice

  • ECJ Denies Authority over "Humanitarian" Visas

    March 17, 2017

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), declining to follow the decision of an Advocate-General finding that EU member states must issue humanitarian visas in accordance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, has held that it has no jurisdiction under EU law over Belgium's decision not to issue such a visa to a Syrian family.

  • UK Faces Obstacles in Withdrawing from ECJ

    March 17, 2017

    An article in The Economist highlights the tension between the UK government's dual goals of maintaining a close trade relationship with the EU following its departure from the bloc and its desire to take back control of its laws from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ).

  • Hannan Highlights UK-EU Legal Incompatibility

    March 16, 2017

    British Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan explains how the European Parliament's vote to lift French politician Marine le Pen's immunity against prosecution by French authorities for tweeting photos of violent acts by the Islamic State shows the "fundamental incompatibility" of Continental legal systems to the common law of the UK.

  • NGOs Seek EU Sanctions Against Poland

    March 01, 2017

    In a letter to the European Commission, a group of nongovernmental organizations call on the institution to respond to what they call a "systemic threat to the rule of law" and human rights violations in Poland by activating a sanctions procedure through which the Polish government could lose its ability to participate in EU decision-making.

  • EU Threatens Five Countries on Emissions

    March 01, 2017

    The European Commission has issued "final warnings" to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the UK for violating EU air quality standards with nitrogen dioxide emissions, particularly from diesel-powered vehicles, threatening the countries with potential action in the Court of Justice of the EU if they do not take action to reduce emissions.

  • Poland Sends EU Explanation of Court Changes

    February 28, 2017

    Politico reports that, according to Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, the Polish government recently submitted to the European Commission an explanation of the legal changes it made to its Constitutional Tribunal, in response to the EU body's rule-of-law inquiry, and now expects that the investigation of Polish judicial independence "will be closed."

  • MEPs Reject Call for Universal Income

    February 27, 2017

    EurActiv reports that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to reject provisions of a report from the body's Legal Affairs Committee calling for the taxation of robots and the establishment of a universal basic income for Europeans to make up for displaced jobs caused by advanced robotics technology.

  • UK Considers Exit from EU Emissions Scheme

    February 23, 2017

    Reuters reports that UK Member of the European Parliament Ian Duncan has predicted, given that maintaining British membership in the scheme would require its acceptance of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU, the UK will not remain in the EU's Emission Trading System following its departure from the bloc.

  • CoE Body Calls for Corruption Reform in Austria

    February 23, 2017

    A report from the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Group of States against Corruption calls on Austria to develop a code of conduct for parliamentarians on conflicts of interest, pushes for tighter restrictions on their access to lobbyists, and seeks a reduction of the influence of the executive branch in the selection of judges.

  • HRW: EU Must Impose Sanctions on Poland

    February 23, 2017

    Philippe Dam of Human Rights Watch calls on the European Commission to pursue its actions against Poland using its purported authority under the Rule of Law Mechanism by attempting to trigger EU treaty sanctions against the country over the government's dispute with the Constitutional Tribunal.

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