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The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) has ruled on a case brought against Switzerland by the Swiss association KlimaSeniorinnen on behalf of its members and four individual women of the association. The ECtHR found that Switzerland has violated Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to take timely and sufficient action to adopt and implement relevant legislation and measures to mitigate climate change. The ECtHR also held that, from a procedural perspective, Switzerland failed to grant effective access to court to challenge the insufficient implementation of mitigation measures. In this contribution, we summarize the background of the case and the ECtHR’s decision and analyze its possible impacts.

In our final week of the Annual Compliance conference, we focussed on key issues being faced by companies on ESG, supply chain and product compliance. Specifically, we discussed the new legal landscape in the EU and UK on product compliance and liability, supply chain due diligence trends and developments, and how to manage environmental, social and governance risks and increasing legislation in the US, UK and EU aimed at cracking down on vague, misleading, or unsubstantiated green claims.

The employment supervisory authority has published its annual report summarizing its findings from inspections carried out over 2023. The main objective of the inspections was to assess the extent to which employers comply with the basic rules on employment. We highlight the most important takeaways of the authority’s report and our expectations for the future.

On 19 May 2024, the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses to Improve Liability for Violation of Military Registration Rules and Legislation on Defense, Mobilization Preparation and Mobilization” No. 3696-IX dated 9 May 2024 came into force. The Law increases liability for violations of the military registration rules and legislation on defense, mobilization preparation, and mobilization. In particular, it significantly increases the amount of administrative fines. The Law also extends the timeframe for imposing administrative fines and changes the procedure for their imposition.

Having not secured a deferred prosecution agreement in respect of U.K. Bribery Act offences since 2021 and having been rocked by a series of shortcomings regarding its investigation and prosecution of cases, the SFO has arguably been at its lowest ebb.