The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: What Can It Do?
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is a legally binding document that contains a list of human rights recognised by the European Union (EU). It could become a powerful tool available to influence policy makers or serve as a basis for litigation. Individuals can use judicial and political mechanisms to hold EU institutions, and in certain circumstances member countries, to account when they fail to comply with the Charter. The Charter can also be used to pressure decision makers to bring policies and legislation under development in line with human rights standards. This background paper explains when and how the Charter can be used by advocates at national and EU level.
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: What can it do? (314.62 Kb pdf file)
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The Justice Scoreboard: An Effective Mechanism to Enforce Respect for the Rule of Law?
A new Justice Scoreboard will assess the justice systems of the 27 EU member states on the basis of strength, efficiency and reliability. But how effective can it really be?
Confronting the Crisis
Now Is the Time for Climate Action
As a new survey of public opinion in the United States and multiple European countries shows, the public, despite being overwhelmed with misinformation, nevertheless supports governmental action to address the looming climate crisis.
A Victory for Civil Society
European Union Court Rejects Hungarian NGO Funding Law
A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union has affirmed the vital role of civil society in democratic governance.