Unemployment benefits mistakenly paid by Croatian government do not have to be repaid, European Court of Human Rights finds

Čakarević v Croatia (European Court of Human Rights, First Section, Application no. 48921/13, 26 April 2018)

Ms Ilinka Čakarević, a Croatian national, brought proceedings against the Croatian government in relation to debt recovery proceedings brought by the government after they overpaid her unemployment benefits.

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Family Court of Australia rules transgender young people no longer need to apply to the Court for surgery

Re: Matthew [2018] FamCA 161 (16 March 2018)

The Family Court of Australia has declared that transgender young people diagnosed with gender dysphoria no longer need to apply to the Court for Stage 3 treatment where the transgender teenager has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the transgender teenager's treating practitioners agree that the child is Gillick competent and there is no controversy regarding the application.

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Swiss Court’s refusal to hear torture compensation case not a breach of the right to a fair hearing

Naït-Liman v Switzerland (European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Application no. 51357/07, 15 March 2018)

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that a Swiss court’s decision to refuse jurisdiction to hear a claim did not violate rights of access to a court. The claimant, a Swiss national, had sought compensation for torture inflicted by the Tunisian Republic.

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European Court of Human Rights upholds German anti-Nazi propaganda law

Nix v Germany (European Court of Human Rights, Chamber, Application no. 35285/16, 13 March 2018)

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal brought by a German citizen who claimed his right to freedom of expression had been impermissibly burdened. The applicant had published an image of Nazi-era SS chief Heinrich Himmler in SS uniform wearing a swastika armband on his personal blog. He was convicted by a German court under a law which prohibited the use of propaganda material of unconstitutional organisations, including the Nazis.

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Ahead of abortion referendum, Irish Supreme Court finds only right unborn children enjoy is right to life

M v Minister for Justice and Equality [2018] IESC 14

The Supreme Court of Ireland has held that unborn children have no rights under the Irish Constitution beyond the right to life. The decision is significant in light of the upcoming "abortion referendum" as it confirms that only Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution needs to be changed in order to legalise abortion in Ireland.

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