Fundamental rights

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  • Brexit's impact on judicial and police cooperation

    27 February 2018

    The area of Justice and Home Affairs presents distinctive challenges in light of Brexit, as the UK’s current participation in EU information sharing mechanisms is fairly patchy. Instruments such as the European Arrest Warrant and participation in judicial and police cooperation are of great importance to the legal profession and the impact of Brexit in these areas has not yet been considered fully. 

  • Fundamental Rights ‘vs’ Brexit

    27 February 2018

    The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (the Charter) brought together the rights protected under EU law in a single document. It reaffirmed the rights and principles that already existed in EU law and was given legal effect by the Lisbon Treaty on its entry into force in December 2009. Article 6(1) Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides for the Charter to have the same legal status as the EU Treaties.

  • Challenges facing civil society organisations working on Human Rights in the EU

    22 February 2018

    Civil society organisations (“CSO”) in the EU play a crucial role in promoting fundamental rights. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (“EUAFR”) cooperates and consults with such organisations, with recent findings showing that they are struggling more and more to make in impact within the Union, due to both legal and practical constraints. In January 2018, citing the purported lack of data and research of the nature of different challenges in EU member states, the EUAFR ...

  • #NoPlace4Hate

    22 February 2018

    All Europeans are entitled to the right to freedom and expression under the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Article 11 states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

  • Legal reform must be accompanied by legislative action if the death penalty is to be wiped out

    22 February 2018

    For over thirty years, The Death Penalty Project has worked to protect the rights of those facing the death penalty, providing free legal representation to prisoners and promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law. Co-Executive Directors Saul Lehrfreund and Parvais Jabbar say litigation has played critical role in the fight against the death penalty, but wider engagement is needed to achieve lasting change.