Philip Leach

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Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at Middlesex University.

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Strasbourg Censures Georgia over Detention of Former Prime Minister – the impact of an Article 18 violation

In December 2013, former Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili was hauled out of his Tbilisi prison cell in the middle of the night, and, with his head covered, was driven to an unknown destination. On arrival, he found himself before the Chief Public Prosecutor and the head of the Georgian prison service. Merabishvili was offered a ‘deal’, and…

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Thawing the Frozen Conflict? The European Court’s Nagorno-Karabakh Judgments

Last September, Erik Fribergh, the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, told Government representatives on the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) that 'the Court is ... not equipped to deal with large scale abuses of human rights. It cannot settle war-like conflicts between States.' Yet, as Fribergh noted, the Court is increasingly being called on…

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Ukraine, Russia and Crimea in the European Court of Human Rights

Much has been written recently about the legal ramifications of events in Ukraine, but there was a new development last week when the European Court of Human Rights granted interim measures in an inter-state case brought by Ukraine against Russia. The case was lodged on 13 March, and on the same day the Strasbourg Court issued…

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