European Institutions

  • Former British Minister Calls for EU Exit

    November 26, 2014

    Former U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has called for the British Government to give notice of leaving the EU prior to negotiation of the country's new relationship with the bloc and to limit its future relationship with the EU to a free trade agreement.

  • Open Europe Proposes EU Rules Change on Work Benefits

    November 26, 2014

    The think tank Open Europe has called for the EU to modify its freedom of movement rules to authorize member states to restrict access to "in-work benefits," which often go to immigrants taking low-paid work, in order to respond to concerns over unlimited migration within the bloc.

  • ECHR Calls for Belgium Review of Prison Conditions

    November 26, 2014

    In a decision granting an applicant compensation for alleged human rights violations in Belgian prisons, including his sharing cells with smokers, the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") called on Belgium to adopt "general measures guaranteeing prisoners adequate conditions of detention."

  • FRA Calls for EU "Child Protection System"

    November 26, 2014

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights ("FRA") has called for the EU to protect, among other things, the economic and social rights of European children by putting together "an integrated child protection system" that operates across the bloc.

  • U.K. Justice Criticizes "Slavish" Adherence to ECHR Rulings

    November 19, 2014

    In a recent speech, Lord Toulson of the U.K. Supreme Court argued that in the early years of the U.K. Human Rights Act, which requires British courts to "take into account" rulings of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR"), judges "went too far" in considering themselves bound by ECHR decisions.

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