Here’s the international legal news we covered this week:
Polish President Andrzej Duda signed judicial reform legislation
[materials, in Polish; materials
, in Polish] Wednesday, placing control over the courts into the hands of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party.
The move came hours after the European Commission [official website] triggered [press release] Article 7 [text] of the Treaty on European Union against Poland over violations of the rule of law.
The unprecedented move serves as a warning to the Polish government and could lead to sanctions and suspension of EU voting rights.
According to the EU, “Judicial reforms in Poland mean that the country’s judiciary is now under the political control of the ruling majority.
The European Court of Justice
(ECJ) [official website] ruled
[judgment] Wednesday that Uber must comply with existing transportation regulations.
In doing so, the ECJ found that Uber operates more like a transportation company than an online platform that merely connects riders with drivers.
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston warned
[statement] Friday that “[t]he American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the US …
The Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal
(TSE) [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday declared
[text, PDF, in Spanish] incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández the winner of last month’s disputed presidential election.
The tribunal found that Hernández won by 50,446 votes, receiving 42.95 percent of the vote.