Law & Justice

  • UK Opts into EU Crime Database

    November 02, 2016

    The Independent reports that the UK government has decided to participate in the "Prüm Decision," which provides for EU countries to share a database of DNA samples, fingerprints, and vehicle registration information for law enforcement and counterterrorism purposes.

  • Poland: EU Oversteps Authority on Rule of Law Probe

    October 31, 2016

    EUobserver reports that the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has argued in a letter to the European Commission that its probe of the government's treatment of the country's Constitutional Tribunal under the EU Rule of Law Mechanism is biased and lacks "respect for sovereignty, subsidiarity, and national identity."

  • NGOs Succeed in EU Legal Aid Push

    October 28, 2016

    The nongovernmental organization Open Society Foundations has published an article detailing the close involvement of it and other NGOs in pressuring the EU to pass "comprehensive" legislation prescribing specific rules on how EU member states must provide legal aid to criminal defendants.

  • EU Parliament Calls for Watchdog on Justice and Rights

    October 27, 2016

    The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the EU to establish a watchdog to administer a "binding EU mechanism" requiring member states "to monitor and report annually on their records" in the fields of democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights.

  • CoE Body Criticizes Softened Legislation on Polish Judiciary

    October 20, 2016

    The Council of Europe's body of constitutional experts, the Venice Commission, has criticized a new Polish law on the country's Constitutional Tribunal - responding to objections the Commission raised regarding a previous law - for threatening the independence of the judiciary and challenging the position of the Tribunal as the "final arbiter" on constitutional issues.

  • EU Committee Seeks Strengthened "Rule of Law" Monitoring

    October 19, 2016

    Politico reports that the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has adopted a report calling for the creation of a European Pact for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights to provide a "non-politically motivated" mechanism through which EU officials can monitor the justice systems of the bloc's member states.

  • Germany Plans Restrictions on EU Migrant Benefits

    October 19, 2016

    The Guardian reports that the German government has approved legislation that would permit EU migrants who have not worked in Germany to claim social benefits only after spending five years in the country.

  • CoE Body Evaluates European Justice Systems

    October 18, 2016

    The Council of Europe's Commission for the Efficiency of Justice has published its latest report evaluating the efficiency, quality, and effectiveness of the national justice systems of CoE member states.

  • EU Challenges Search Engines with Copyright Proposal

    October 18, 2016

    Heidi Tworek of the University of British Columbia warns that an EU proposal to translate German copyright law into supranational legislation that would require search engines such as Google to pay media companies for displaying brief snippets of their articles would be unenforceable and should give way to a more cooperative approach.

  • EU Official Pushes for Centralized Public Prosecutor

    October 17, 2016

    European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová and two Members of the European Parliament write that the EU must establish a centralized European Public Prosecutors’ Office to combat cross-border financial crimes involving fraud against national and EU budgets.

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