Law & Justice

  • EU Challenges Poland over Judiciary Disciplinary Law

    October 15, 2019

    The European Commission has referred Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "ECJ") over its disciplinary regime for Polish judges, under which Polish judges can be investigated and sanctioned for court rulings deemed not meeting proper legal standards.

  • Ukraine Delegation Refuses to Attend PACE Session

    September 25, 2019

    In response to the return of the Russian Federation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ("PACE") session hall without meeting the requirements of PACE resolutions approved in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine's delegation to PACE has formally refused to participate in the autumn session of the organization.

  • Solicitors Express Need for Facial Recognition Technology Legal Framework

    September 10, 2019

    In a op-ed, Michael Drury and Julian Hayes of BCL Solicitors, LLP explain that regulators, the courts, and legislators need to provide a clear and up-to-date legal framework to ensure that facial recognition technology ("FRT") is used securely and within the boundaries of what is regarded as acceptable by society as a whole.

  • Eurojust Launches Counter-Terrorism Register

    September 06, 2019

    Eurojust, the EU’s agency for judicial cooperation, launched on 5 September a Counter-Terrorism Register to help each EU country quickly exchange information about any potential terrorist activities.

  • U.K. Court Dismisses Challenge to Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

    September 06, 2019

    A U.K. Court has dismissed a challenge brought by Liberty claiming that the absence of legal safeguards pertaining to the use of facial recognition technology by police violates human rights and data protection laws.

  • COE Commissioner on Human Rights Warns of Threats to Judicial Independence in Europe

    September 04, 2019

    In a commentary, Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, opines that the independence of judges and the judiciary in Europe is under threat.

  • CoE Body Demands Shift in German Corruption Rules

    August 14, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Group of States Against Corruption has applied a “non-compliance procedure” to Germany over the country’s failure to implement a set of recommendations on preventing corruption with respect to members of the German Federal Parliament.

  • EU Officials Seek Control over Online “Hate Speech”

    August 01, 2019

    Eric Sinrod of Duane Morris LLP examines EU draft legislation that would, in part, permit an EU committee to order social-media companies and internet service providers to take down “illegal content” such as “hate speech” from online platforms within an hour of notice from the committee.

  • EC Takes Legal Action over Hungarian Migration Laws

    August 01, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has referred the Hungarian government to the Court of Justice of the EU for restrictions on asylum requests and has warned that it could take legal action over the country’s decision not to provide food to migrants in transit zones along the Serbian border.

  • Finnish PM Plans to Advance EU Rule-of-Law Budget Rules

    July 18, 2019

    EURACTIV reports that Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne has told the European Parliament that his government will work toward conditioning the disbursement of EU development funds to member states on compliance with rule-of-law principles while it holds the rotating EU Council presidency.

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