Law & Justice

  • 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.

  • London Mayor Calls for Quotas on EU Migrants

    October 17, 2014

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for the U.K. Government to place limits on the number of migrants from EU countries who are permitted to enter the U.K.

  • EU Members Reject Coupling Open Borders with Information Sharing

    September 24, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that a U.K. Government project seeking to deal with the flow of crime over the open borders of the EU through greater information-sharing on criminals has met resistance among other EU member states.

  • EU Court Adviser: Obesity Can Be a Disability

    July 23, 2014

    EU advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen, who advises the Court of Justice of the EU, has found that extreme obesity can be considered a disability under EU law, potentially paving the way for special legal protections of obese people in the workplace.

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