European Institutions

  • EU Agency Says ISIS Returnees Should be Charged with War Crimes

    May 29, 2020

    Genocide Network, a Eurojust-backed agency that investigates core international crimes, says that ISIS fighters returning to Europe from conflicts in Iraq and Syria should be charged with war crimes and genocide.

  • Politico: EU Privacy Enforcer Faces Scrutiny

    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.

  • Switzerland Supreme Court Rejects Climate Change Lawsuit

    May 27, 2020

    Finding that it is too early to claim fundamental human rights violations based on climate change, the Supreme Court of Switzerland has denied an appeal by the Senior Women for Climate Change Protection alleging that Switzerland's government was failing to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions in a way that would correspond with the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping global warming well below 2ºC.

  • High EU Court Condemns Hungary’s Migrant Transit Zone

    May 20, 2020

    On May 14, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Hungary's confinement of third-party asylum seekers subject to a "return decision" in transit zones at the Serbian-Hungarian border "must be classified as detention."

  • New President of European Court of Human Rights Will be Tested

    May 20, 2020

    As Judge Robert Spano (Iceland) assumes the Presidency of the European Court of Human Rights, he faces backlogged applications and critics who call the ECtHR "activist," thought Spano has a history of supporting subsidiarity and measured respect for national sovereignty.

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