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    Finland and Sweden to join NATO


    In a historic shift in their defence policies, Finland and Sweden will apply to join the NATO alliance, despite warnings from Russia. The accession of the two Nordic countries will expand the alliance’s mutual security pact at a crucial time. However, Turkey may present some hurdles along the way.

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    Lessons learnt on the rule of law from COVID


    As governments throughout Europe responded to the pandemic through the implementation of emergency measures, it became increasingly clear that there was a fine balance between the protection of the public from the threat of the virus and a breach of individual’s rights. As we start to see a decline in ...

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    CJEU Rules against Poland and Hungary in the latest development on the rule of law


    On 16 February, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sitting as Grand Chamber delivered its ruling against Poland and Hungary who questioned the conditionality mechanism imposed by the Commission. The mechanism makes the receipt of financing from the Union budget subject to the respect by the Member ...

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    Key interventions and activities from the Law Society of England and Wales’ International Rule of Law Team


    In this article, the Law Society of England and Wales’ international rule of law team provide some key interventions in relation to lawyers and fundamental rights in Belarus, Venezuela, and Tanzania. Additionally, the Law Society’s Capacity Building and International Women in Law programmes’ activities are highlighted.

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    Poland and the European Union – judicial independence and primacy of EU law


    The recent daily fine imposed on Poland by the Court of Justice of the European Union is but another example of actions taken in the debate on Poland’s recently introduced judicial reforms: the disciplinary chamber falling in the centre of this discussion. This article reviews the background on both sides ...

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    Supporting the Legal Profession in Afghanistan


    Tony Fisher is the Chief Executive Officer and Partnership Member at Fisher Jones Greenwoods Solicitors and former Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. In this Viewpoint article, Tony provides a succinct overview of the Law Societies of Europe and Bar Associations’ approach ...