European Convention on Human Rights

Page 1 of 50

Filter category

Feature post image

Victim Status before the ECtHR in Cases of Alleged Omissions: The Swiss Climate Case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) announced on Friday, 29th April, that the Swiss Climate case will be dealt with by the Grand Chamber. In accordance with article 30 of the ECHR, the competent Chamber relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber. This option can be used when the seven judges decide that the case raises ‘a serious question affecting the interpretation of the Convention or the Protocols thereto, or where the resolution of a question before the Chamber might have a result inconsistent with a judgment previously delivered by the Court’. The latest development underlines the high-profile the Court is giving that case. In this blog post, I want to focus on a key aspect of the admissibility issues in relation to articles 2 and 8 (the right to life and the right to private life). The question of how the Court will interpret victim status in this case will tell us more about how Court defines its engagement with complex, urgent and large-scale threats…

Read more

Update on ECtHR Interim Measures Concerning Russia and Ukraine

This afternoon the European Court interpreted and reinforced the Rule 39 interim measures it had previously issued against Russia regarding the war in Ukraine, in response to additional requests made by Ukraine. Here’s the press release, with the title ‘Expansion of interim measures in relation to Russian military action in Ukraine,’ which bears…

Read more

Russia and the European human rights system: Doing the right thing … but for the right legal reason?

Less than a month after its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Federation has ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe. On 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers decided to expel Russia from the regional organization with immediate effect, although without resolving the many legal consequences of this decision. Perhaps the most important…

Read more

Pushbacks and Lawlessness

Dozens of cases before the European Court of Human Rights claim that Greek authorities are engaged in a policy of secret returns of persons seeking asylum back to Turkey, or ‘pushbacks’. Α post on this blog, ‘Pushbacks as Euphemism’ by Niamh Keady-Tabbai and Itamar Mann drew attenttion to the alleged ‘driftbacks’ in the Aegean. These, however,…

Read more

A Lost Opportunity for Border Justice at the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights is so far failing to provide effective remedies to migrants suffering violations by Greek authorities in the Aegean Sea. For years, commentators have been observing the risk of backsliding from the Court’s role in protecting migrant rights, ostensibly due to “populist” political pressures. But two aspects of the applicable rules, procedural and…

Read more
  • Page 1 of 50
  • Last