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European Commission refers Poland to Court of Justice over judicial independence
The European Commission referred Poland to the European Court of Justice Thursday for violating judicial independence. In an April 3 letter, the Commission outlined in detail Poland's failure to provide an effective right to remedy before an indep (More)
Democracy Threatened: Judicial Independence Under Attack in Poland
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” ~James Madison (More)
From Chaos to Cosmopolis: America's World Law Imperative
US President Donald Trump's expanding crises with both North Korea and Iran, and his apparent willingness to withdraw from a second US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty, are just some currently prominent examples of a longer standing problem with wo (More)
EU launches new infringement proceedings against Poland over judiciary reforms
The European Commission on Wednesday launched infringement proceedings against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice regarding its new disciplinary regime for judges. The notice alleges that the new regime "undermines the judicial independe (More)
Looking to the New Year: Nationalism, Patriotism and World Law
"What does not benefit the entire hive is no benefit to the bee." Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Back at the World War I Armistice Day ceremonies in France in 2018, Emmanuel Macron ventured a well-reasoned condemnation of Donald Trump's belligerent n (More)
EU takes Poland to court over controversial judicial reform
The EU on Monday referred  Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU due to a new law that would force 27 Supreme Court judges to retire. Poland's new law lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which would require that 27 (More)
The European Parliament vs. the Hungarian Government
For the first time ever, on September 12, the European Parliament (EP) launched Article 7 TEU (Lisbon Treaty) proceedings against Hungary’s government. The Parliament began the action by adopting a report by Judith Sargentini, a member from the Nethe (More)
World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 23 December 2017
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: The Ugandan parliament voted on Wednesday to eliminate the presidential age limit of 75 years. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday marked its o (More)
Poland approves judicial reform legislation as EU warns of rule of law violations
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 Eur (More)
Austria Constitutional Court orders repeat of presidential election
The Constitutional Court of Austria on Friday voided the results of Austria's recent presidential election and ordered that the election be repeated in its entirety. The May 22 runoff saw Green Party-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen def (More)
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