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NGOs and ECtHR judges: A Clarification

The 5 March blog post by Grégor Puppinck is not really a result of academic research, nor does it manage to identify an actual problem of public policy. Despite its civility in style and appearance of balance, the blog post, as well as the underlying European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) report written by the same author, represent political advocacy. The rather trivial findings of the report are (a) that several judges of the European Court of Human Rights have had some links with human rights NGOs, and (b) that Open Society Foundations funds many NGOs or other civil society actors, including universities. The ECLJ report “NGOs and the Judges of the ECHR 2009-2019” has about 20 pages of text and a good number of annexes. It seeks to demonstrate that several of the ECtHR judges have some sort of links with NGOs active in the field of human rights, and that only in very few cases these judges have seen it pertinent to recuse themselves from a case where an…

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NGOs and judges at the ECtHR: a need for clarification

What are the relationships between the judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and leading non-governmental organisations, and what should the Court be doing about them, particularly in cases in which doubts as to the judges’ impartiality might arise? This is the topic of this post, which is  worthy of interest and needs to be addressed,…

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(Not) Investigating Kunduz and (Not) Judging in Strasbourg? Extraterritoriality, Attribution and the Duty to Investigate

  A 2009 airstrike near Kunduz, Afghanistan, that led to more than 100 casualties and was ordered by a German colonel will be the subject of oral arguments in the Grand Chamber (GC) of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Hanan v. Germany, tomorrow, 26 February 2020. On 4 September…

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The Amendments to the Russian Constitution: Putin’s Attempt to Reinforce Russia’s Isolationist Views on International Law?

On 15 January 2020, in his state-of-the-union address, President Putin proposed a number of amendments to the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation, including the ones prescribing to redistribute the president’s power in favour of the parliament and a vaguely defined but powerful body called the State Council. The speech has made international headlines (see…

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Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty: A Response to Professor Blankenagel

  My thanks to EJIL for this opportunity to respond to Professor Alexander Blankenagel’s critique of my article, “The Relationship Between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg.” Although I also thank Professor Blankenagel for his reply, I…

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