Law & Justice

  • EC Files New Complaint Against Ireland over Wind Farm

    February 01, 2018

    The European Commission (EC) has announced that it is filing a new complaint in the EU court system against the Irish government for its failure to perform an adequate impact assessment under EU law evaluating the potential environmental damage involved in the construction of a wind farm in County Galway 13 years ago.

  • UK Parliament Committee Objects to Brexit Legislation

    January 31, 2018

    Reuters reports that the House of Lords Constitutional Committee has found "fundamental flaws" in the British government's EU withdrawal legislation replicating the bloc's laws within UK law to provide for a smooth Brexit process, calling the bill "constitutionally unacceptable" because it grants government ministers substantial authority to correct "deficiencies" in the law.

  • ECJ Rejects Trademarking "Vulgar" Film Name

    January 29, 2018

    AP reports that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has upheld a decision by the EU Intellectual Property Office that a German company is not permitted to trademark the name of a popular film because it is "vulgar" and might "shock" consumers.

  • EU Officials Call for Romania to Rethink Judicial Law

    January 29, 2018

    Politico reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice President Frans Timmermans are calling on Romanian legislators to reconsider draft legislation establishing a new body to sanction judges and prosecutors for acting in bad faith in the context of corruption allegations.

  • EU Official Defines "Rule of Law" for Access to Budget

    January 29, 2018

    EUobserver reports that European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová has responded to prodding by Western European countries by agreeing to develop a definition of the "rule of law" for use in determining the access of countries to development funds from the EU budget.

  • ECJ Official Finds Residency Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

    January 17, 2018

    The New York Times reports that Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Melchior Wathelet has advised the ECJ to rule that, regardless of their policies on gay marriage, EU member states must recognize the right of same-sex spouses to live and work in their territories to the same degree they permit opposite-sex spouses to do so.

  • EU Chief Rejects Talk of Reducing Funding to Poland

    January 10, 2018

    Politico reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has rejected growing calls from officials in Western European countries to withhold development funding from Poland for alleged violations of rule-of-law norms in the country's judicial system, dismissing such proposals as "wild threats."

  • Commentator: EU Response to Spain Shows "Double Standard"

    January 10, 2018

    Economist Andrea Hossó writes that the EU's criticism of threats to democratic values in Poland and Hungary "has acquired a tinge of Alice in Wonderland" when the supranational organization fails to call out Spain for its police violence against Catalonian citizens attempting to vote for independence.

  • CoE Chief Seeks Review of Romanian Judicial Reforms

    January 09, 2018

    Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland has published a letter to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis calling for the country's authorities to seek advice from the CoE's constitutional body the Venice Commission on the compliance of a set of proposed reforms to the judiciary with "fundamental rule of law standards."

  • Article: Polish Sanctions Decision Is an EU "Gamble"

    January 09, 2018

    An article in The Economist asserts that the European Commission's decision to trigger an EU sanctions procedure against Poland for measures aimed at reducing the independence of the country's judiciary could "backfire" and lead merely to more Polish claims of foreign political meddling if EU member states fail to advance the sanctions process.

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