Poland’s Judicial Reforms: A Violation of EU Law?

By: Inessa Wurscher.

Since 2016, tensions have been high between Poland and the European Union over several new laws that Poland has been working to pass regarding their court system. In response to these new laws, the European Union has begun to implement both the rule of law procedure and the infringement procedure against Poland. While these legal changes may serve an important role in increasing judicial efficiency in Poland, the new legislation may not be in compliance with Poland's obligations under European Union law, leaving Poland open to potential sanctions.

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Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

By: Inessa Wurscher.

Since 1990, women in Saudi Arabia have been prohibited by royal decree from driving. This decree has been a point of contention within Saudi Arabia as well as in the international community. Now, a recent royal decree has overturned this law and will allow Saudi women to drive in June of 2018. While this legal change may be enough to open the way for changes in the male guardianship system, it is not yet enough for Saudi Arabia to be in compliance with their obligations under the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 

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Palestinian Residency Rights: A Movement Toward the End of Statelessness in East Jerusalem?

Palestinian Residency Rights: A Movement Toward the End of Statelessness in East Jerusalem?

By: Inessa Wurscher.

Since 1967, native-born Palestinians in East Jerusalem have struggled to acquire and maintain legal residency. This struggle has left many Palestinians with a tenuous status that may be revoked at any time, leaving them stateless and without a legal remedy. Now, a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision ordering Israel to reinstate a Palestinian man’s residency may mark the beginning of new protections for East Jerusalemites. 

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