Law & Justice

  • ECJ Forces Poland to Reverse Judicial Retirement Policy

    December 10, 2018

    In November, the Polish Parliament passed an amendment to the country’s judicial reform law reversing course on lowering the retirement age of Supreme Court judges, in compliance with an order from the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) to suspend the policy change.

  • Irish Court Surrenders Man to Poland Despite Judicial Controversy

    December 10, 2018

    The Irish Times reports that Ireland’s High Court has ordered authorities to surrender a man wanted in Poland on drug trafficking charges under the terms of the European Arrest Warrant because alleged “generalised and systemic” violations of Polish judicial independence did not threaten the suspect’s right to a fair trial.

  • EC Proposes Counterterrorism Mandate for EU Prosecutor

    December 04, 2018

    In September, the European Commission (EC) proposed extending the powers of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which now focuses solely on criminal misuse of EU funds and fraud in the value-added tax (VAT) system, to tackle cross-border terrorism.

  • EP Launches Legal Process Against Hungary

    December 03, 2018

    In September, the European Parliament (EP) voted to launch an EU legal process under which EU member states could impose sanctions against Hungary, including suspending its EU voting rights, in light of allegations that Hungary has violated EU values in areas including judicial independence, freedom of expression, and minority rights.

  • EU Lawmakers Approve Strict Online Copyright Rules

    December 03, 2018

    The Verge reports that the European Parliament recently approved a Copyright Directive, set for final approval in early 2019, that allows online publishers to demand payment from search engines that provide certain links to their articles and requires social media companies to clamp down on the sharing of unlicensed copyrighted material.

  • Barrister: EFTA, EEA Membership Are Not Viable Post-Brexit Options

    November 30, 2018

    UK barrister Martin Howe QC explains why a post-Brexit arrangement in which Britain enters the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or remains in the European Economic Area (EEA) would require the UK to follow rulings of the EU courts and not allow it to regain control of its laws and trade policy.

  • Auditors Seek Stronger Supervision of Application of EU Law

    November 30, 2018

    The European Court of Auditors has published a review of the European Commission’s (EC) oversight of the application of EU law by the bloc’s member states, calling for the EC to strengthen its supervision in this area, including by using the EU budget “in a more coordinated manner” to ensure governments apply EU law.

  • Paper Criticizes UK Deal on Post-Brexit ECJ Control

    November 28, 2018

    In a new paper, UK barrister Dr. Gunnar Beck examines why the “activist and integrationist” approach the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has taken toward interpreting EU law heightens the risks involved in the UK’s decision, as spelled out in its draft Brexit deal with the EU, to submit to ECJ supervision of the agreement.

  • European Businesses Criticize Proposed Digital Tax

    November 07, 2018

    The Washington Post reports that European digital business owners are criticizing an EU proposal seeking to impose a digital services tax on the profits offshore companies generate from European users, arguing the proposal would have a “disproportionate impact on European companies” and could result in double taxation.

  • ECJ Orders Poland to Reinstate Supreme Court Judges

    October 24, 2018

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has determined that Polish legislation lowering the retirement age of judges on the country’s Supreme Court violates EU law and has ordered the Polish government to reinstate judges who have been removed from the Court as a result of the change.

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