Recent Court Decisions on Islamic Veil Bans (Jul. 11, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that the French ban on veiling one's face in public does not breach the European Convention on ...

Topic: Discrimination; Freedom of information; Human rights
Jurisdiction: European Court of Human Rights; France

Class Action Lawsuits Introduced (Jun. 26, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

On March 28, 2014, the Federal Parliament of Belgium enacted a law adding a new section on "collective compensation action" to the Code of Economic Law. ...

Topic: Civil procedure; Consumer protection; Corporations
Jurisdiction: Belgium

GMO Prohibition Confirmed (Jun. 19, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest court for administrative matters, has rejected a request from corn producers to strike down a government regulation prohibiting the sale, use, ...

Topic: Agriculture and food; Genetically modified foods
Jurisdiction: France

Social Housing Provider Found Guilty of Racial Profiling (Jun. 02, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

The criminal court of Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, recently found a major provider of social housing guilty of ethnic profiling. (Un bailleur HLM condamn; ...

Topic: Discrimination; Judiciary; Minority rights; Social welfare
Jurisdiction: France

Denial of Adoption for Same-Sex Parents of Child Conceived Through Medically Assisted Reproduction (May. 23, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

A court in Versailles has denied a same-sex couple the adoption of a child conceived through medically assisted reproduction (M.A.R.). [Gaandeuml;lle Dupont, Premier refus d'adoption andagrave; ...

Topic: Adoption and foster care; Health; Same-sex marriage
Jurisdiction: France

Animals Granted New Legal Status (Apr. 25, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

The French National Assembly recently adopted a legislative amendment changing the status of animals in the Civil Code. Since the inception of the Civil Code in ...

Topic: Animals; Civil code
Jurisdiction: France

Removal of Age Restriction for Euthanasia (Mar. 11, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

On March 2, 2014, Belgium's King Philippe signed into law an amendment to that country's euthanasia law that would open the medically assisted suicide option to ...

Topic: Child health; Euthanasia; Health
Jurisdiction: Belgium

New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices (Feb. 18, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de ...

Topic: Elections and politics; Legislators; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: France

2010 Law Banning Full Islamic Veil Challenged in Court (Jan. 06, 2014) by Nicolas Boring

In October 2010, France enacted a law banning the concealment of one's face in public (Loi nanddeg; 2010-1192 du 11 octobre 2010 interdisant la dissimulation ...

Topic: Discrimination; Freedom of religion
Jurisdiction: France

New Mining Code Under Consideration (Dec. 23, 2013) by Nicolas Boring

On September 5, 2012, the French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, created a working group to elaborate an in-depth reform of the French Mining Code. This working ...

Topic: Environmental Protection; Mining
Jurisdiction: France

Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database (Dec. 05, 2013) by Nicolas Boring

Yves Li;geois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-g;n;ral) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Criminal procedure; Evidence; Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Belgium

Official Report Calls for Reform of Rehabilitation Centers for Juvenile Delinquents (Nov. 18, 2013) by Nicolas Boring

On November 13, 2013, the French Comptroller-General of prisons issued a report that is highly critical of two "Centres Educatifs Ferm;s" (CEF, Closed Education Centers). (

Topic: Juvenile crime and gang violence
Jurisdiction: France