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Liechtenstein v Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights

On 19 August 2020, Liechtenstein lodged an inter-State application against the Czech Republic. Liechtenstein alleges breaches of the rights of its citizens, inter alia, of their right to property under Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR, the Convention). The case made it to the headlines of major international newspapers, such as the Financial Times and the Neue Züricher Zeitung. According to the summary of the application (on file with the authors) “Liechtenstein nationals are being forced by the Czech Republic, directly or indirectly, into the Czech domestic courts where they are obliged to defend their property ownership rights challenged by the Czech Republic on the grounds of the alleged German ethnicity of their predecessors. After being forced into court, the Liechtenstein nationals are confronted with proceedings that are conducted in an unfair, discriminatory, intrusive and arbitrary manner, with no reasonable prospect of redress for violations of their rights.” According to the press release of the Court, the immediate trigger and subject of the application is…

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Has ‘Control over rights doctrine’ for extra-territorial jurisdiction come of age? Karlsruhe, too, has spoken, now it’s Strasbourg’s turn

The German Constitutional Court (GCC) declared, in its ruling on May 19th, that the surveillance of non-German individuals outside of Germany was unconstitutional. The Court’s judgment on the German Act on the Federal Intelligence Service (Gesetz über den Bundesnachrichtendienst, or the BND-Gesetz) has not attracted enough legal commentary in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Attribution, Jurisdiction, Discrimination, Decapitation: A Comment on Makuchyan and Minasyan v. Azerbaijan and Hungary

You know how, every once in a while, you read a case that has everything? I mean really everything? Great facts. Grisly facts even, for those so inclined – say involving a beheading by a state agent. Great law. Not just some genuine legal innovation worthy of scholarly commentary – that’s fine obviously, but not all that uncommon.

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The Whos, the Whats, and the Whys of the Derogations from the ECHR amid COVID-19

 Issues concerning the derogation form the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’ or the ‘Convention’) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including the question whether the notification is a pre-requisite for making a valid derogation, have been examined in other EJIL:Talk! posts here, here, and here. This post attempts to provide a more detailed account of the…

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Derogating to Deal with Covid 19: State Practice and Thoughts on the Need for Notification

In her blog post on EJIL: Talk! (9 April 2020), Dr Stevie Martin drew attention to an interesting development concerning States' measures to deal with Covid 19 and their impact on human rights. She discusses a decision of the England and Wales Court of Protection in which a judge appeared to find that the UK was…

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