Law & Justice

  • ECJ Upholds EU Gun Control Directives

    December 10, 2019

    In the face of a challenge by the Czech Republic (supported by Poland and Hungary), the Court of Justice of the European Union ("ECJ") has upheld European Union gun control regulations, adopted in 2017, which regulate the acquisition and possession of firearms.

  • EU Court Applies Labeling Regulations to Products Produced in Territories Occupied by the State of Israel

    December 10, 2019

    In a November judgment, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that foodstuffs originating in territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of the specific territory of their origin, including a Jewish settlement, citing an EU regulation requiring the provision of product information that enables consumers "to make informed choices, with regard not only to health, economic, environmental and social considerations, but also to ethical considerations and considerations relating to the observance of international law."

  • ECtHR Grand Chamber Decision Outlines Permitted Use of Workplace Surveillance Cameras

    December 04, 2019

    Reversing a judgment of a lower Chamber, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has opined that, under certain conditions and with respect for proportionality, the use of hidden cameras on an employer's work floor for the purpose of revealing a criminal offense, such as theft, may be justified.

  • EU Court of Justice Places Fate of Judicial Discipline Reforms to Polish Supreme Court

    November 25, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the European Union has determined that it is up to the Supreme Court of Poland to decide if a new disciplinary body for judges was autonomous from political influence, leaving the fate of the key element of the government’s judicial overhaul in the hands of its critics.

  • EU Court of Auditors Calls for Action on Migration

    November 20, 2019

    According to the European Court of Auditors, the European Union needs to step up its action on asylum, relocation, and return of migrants, as emergency relocation schemes did not reach their targets and only partially achieved their main objective of alleviating pressure on Greece and Italy.

  • European Court of Justice Rules Against Polish Judicial Reform

    November 06, 2019

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that Polish judicial reforms aimed at lowering the retirement age of ordinary court judges violated EU law, finding that the reforms introduced political influence over the judiciary by giving the justice minister the ability to retain certain judges beyond their retirement age.

  • European Institutions Meet to Fight Against "Environmental Crime"

    November 01, 2019

    At a conference titled "International collaboration and co-operation in the fight against environmental crime," jointly organized by Eurojust and the European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment ("ENPE"), more than 100 specialists from four continents shared information and best practices for  reducing environmental crime.

  • Advocate General to EU Court Criticizes Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic for Stance on Refugee Quota Compliance

    November 01, 2019

    In a non-binding opinion, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the EU Court of Justice has opined that Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic “failed to fulfill their obligations under EU law” by not complying with the “provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation” of people seeking international protection.

  • ECtHR Rejects Greek Religion Disclosure Requirement

    November 01, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that,as a condition of securing an exemption for their children from religious education classes in government-run schools, the Greek Government cannot require parents to to declare that they are not Orthodox Christians.

  • French Privacy Watchdog Concerned about Facial Recognition Trial in High Schools

    October 30, 2019

    A French data protection authority has warned that plans to start trialing facial recognition tools at high schools in southern France do not comply with privacy laws and cannot legally be implemented.

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