Law & Justice

  • EU Gains Police and Justice Authority

    December 03, 2014

    Under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU, the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the EU have recently gained new authority to oversee the police and justice systems of the EU member states and to sanction countries that do not comply with EU justice policy.

  • ECJ Ruling Pressures Countries on Diesel Regulation

    November 26, 2014

    The BBC reports that the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") has ruled that national judges must force their Governments to impose strict controls on emissions from diesel-powered engines in European cities.

  • European Arrest Warrant Opponents File Legal Action

    November 12, 2014

    The Independent reports that following the U.K. Government's sidestepping of a vote on the European Arrest Warrant, which facilitates the deportation of alleged criminals to other EU countries, opponents have filed an action with the High Court seeking an injunction against adoption of the warrant.

  • ECJ Upholds Restriction on Social Benefits to Migrants

    November 12, 2014

    The Court of Justice of the EU has issued a decision upholding a German law restricting a Romanian immigrant from accessing unemployment benefits when she made no effort to find a job, prompting some to interpret the ruling as an affirmation of national policies limiting migrants' access to social benefits.

  • Howarth: No Need for EU Criminal Justice System

    November 12, 2014

    Prior to the U.K. House of Commons vote on EU law and justice measures, Christopher Howarth explains the opposition to the European Arrest Warrant as the recognition that there is no reason cooperation with European neighbors on justice measures "should entail creating an EU criminal justice system."

  • Official Finds Military Deserters Can Claim Asylum in EU

    November 12, 2014

    The Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the EU has issued an opinion finding that a former maintenance mechanic in the U.S. military could legally claim asylum in Germany if he considered himself at risk of punishment for failure to perform services that might result in war crimes.

  • Outgoing Commissioner Pushes for EU Prosecutor

    November 05, 2014

    In recent remarks, outgoing European Commissioner Martine Reicherts pushed for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate criminal activity against the EU's financial interests and "shape the future of European criminal justice."

  • U.K. Seeks to Opt into European Arrest Warrant

    November 05, 2014

    The Independent reports that British Prime Minister David Cameron could face opposition from up to 100 members of his own party on proposed legislation to opt into the European Arrest Warrant, which facilitates the removal of accused criminals across borders in the EU.

  • U.K. MP Considers Legal Action on European Arrest Warrant

    October 22, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that U.K. Member of Parliament ("MP") Jacob Rees-Mogg has consulted with leaders from the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party on potential legal action to prevent the Conservative Government from re-joining the controversial European Arrest Warrant.

  • EU Refers Italy to Court for Criminal Justice Issues

    October 22, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it has referred Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU for allegedly failing to implement EU legislation on the compensation of crime victims.

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