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HRW: EU failing to address Hungary 'rule of law' concerns
February 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human right....... [more]

Macedonia parliament defines marriage as between a man and a woman
January 22, 2015
The Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia voted Tuesday to ban same-sex marriage by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The law defines marriage as "a life union solely of one woman and one man" and further states that any changes to this new definition will require a t....... [more]

The Russian Constitutional Path To The Annexation Of Crimea
May 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Samuel, Penn State Dickinson School of Law Class of 2014, explores the constitutional framework surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia...When the Alma-Ata Declaration was signed on December 21, 1991, 10 nations separated from the former Union of Soviet Socialist....... [more]

Ukraine opposition calls for constitution change
February 3, 2014
Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA). Arseny Yatsenyuk, the parliamentary....... [more]

The Interplay of Direct and Indirect Democracy at Work: Croatia's Battle Over the Rights of Same-Sex Couples
January 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Tina Orsolic Dalessio of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law argues that while the passage of a Croatia constitutional referendum defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman breaks with the liberal trend of other EU members, it was made possible by Croatia's adm....... [more]

Austria court finds EU data retention plan violates EU privacy law
December 21, 2012
The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the EU Data Retention Directive may violate EU law. The court has referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for additional review. The Directive calls on telecommunications and Internet companies to retain data such as e-mails, tex....... [more]

Poland court rules ritual slaughter of animals violates constitution
November 29, 2012
Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled Wednesday that the ritual slaughter of animals violates the Polish Constitution. The court's ruling will bar strictly-followed slaughtering practices by Muslim and Jewish citizens where the animal is not stunned first. The decision conflicts with a 2009 EU law....... [more]

European Commission chief proposed criminal penalties for finacial sector violations
October 16, 2012
On October 16, 2011, the head of the European Commission (EC) proposed creating criminal sanctions for white collar criminals that harm the financial sector of member nations. A month prior, a German high court had rejected constitutional challenges against an EU rescue and financial aid package giv....... [more]

Hungary top court strikes down mandatory retirement age for judges
July 17, 2012
The Constitutional Court of Hungary on Monday ruled that a new law lowering the mandatory retirement age for the country's judges is unconstitutional. The court held that the new law, which lowered the retirement age from 70 to 62 years resulting in sudden retirement of hundreds of judges, endangere....... [more]

Austria court rules laws not comforming with EU rights charter are unconstitutional
May 4, 2012
The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled Friday that the country's laws must not only conform to its own constitution but also to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in order to be upheld as constitutional. The only areas where legislation will not be held to the charter's standards are ones in whic....... [more]

Hungary parliament approved new constitution
April 18, 2012
On April 18, 2011, the National Assembly of Hungary approved a new constitution. The constitution was supported and passed as a result of efforts by the Hungarian Civic Party (FIDESZ), which has controlled the Hungarian legislature since 2010. The new constitution included many conservative fiscal r....... [more]


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