European Court Imposes Duty on State to Prevent Potential Harm from Specific Credible Threat of Gun Violence
October 05, 2020
In a major case involving state responsibility for foreseeing and preventing gun violence, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that, in failing to properly investigate a known possible occurrence of school-based gun violence, Finland violated its duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to protect the right to life of potential victims.
September 23, 2020
After finding consensus for a Covid 19 recovery plan, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen seeks to create a common migration policy for all of Europe that she hopes will bring "together all aspects of migration, border management and screening, asylum and integration, and return and relations with international partners."
September 21, 2020
Amid a global assault on human rights stretching from Belarus to Hong Kong to Yemen, Europe's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, announced in her first-ever State of the Union speech that she will bring forth a European Magnitsky Act, a sanctions framework modeled after a U.S. law that restricts malign actors' access to travel and the global financial system.
September 10, 2020
During a visit to Turkey, which has engaged in the controversial suppression and imprisonment of some judges, academics, and opposition party members, European Court of Human Rights President Robert Spano stressed the importance of respecting the rule of law and judicial independence.
July 29, 2020
In the first ruling since the EU's general data protection regulation came into effect in 2018, giving EU citizens the right to demand deletion of personal data, Germany's highest court agreed with lower courts that placed greater weight on the public's right to know than on the right of the two plaintiffs to wipe entries from search results over privacy concerns.
July 27, 2020
Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has announced that Poland will begin withdrawing from the European Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the "Istanbul Convention"), on the grounds that it contains "elements of an ideological nature," which the Government "considers harmful."
July 17, 2020
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has struck down a flagship EU-US data flows arrangement called Privacy Shield citing that “the requirements of US national security, public interest and law enforcement have primacy, thus condoning interference with the fundamental rights of persons whose data are transferred to that third country”.
July 14, 2020
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Turkish citizen who was convicted on terrorism-related charges for attending, on four different occasions, demonstrations for the pro-Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a recognized terrorist organization, going against the original ruling citing the individuals right to freedom of expression.
July 11, 2020
Activist Alyona Popova and politician Vladimir Milov have lodged a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights over Russia's use of facial recognition technology during protests, an action their lawyer explained will be the first case in the ECtHR challenging the use of such technology to conduct mass surveillance.
May 27, 2020
According to Politico.eu, European Union ("EU") data protection officials are concerned about the slow start and early restructuring of Ireland's Data Protection Commission, which, due to the presence of Silicon Valley companies' international headquarters in Dublin, is at the vanguard of the enforcement of the EU's tough privacy standards.