New ECHR Readings
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5d ago
Please find below our newest selection of academic publications covering the ECHR and the European Court of Human Rights. Enjoy reading! * Ryan Goss, ‘The Disappearing ‘Minimum Rights’ of Article 6 ECHR: the Unfortunate Legacy of Ibrahim and Beuze’, Human Rights Law Review (2023): ‘This article critiques the European Court of Human Rights’ recent extensive case law on the right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and particularly the right to legal assistance in criminal trials. The article examines the significant and ongoing impact of the jud ..read more
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Conference: Activating the Protection of Fundamental and Human Rights at European Level
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1w ago
On Thursday 7 March and Friday 8 March 2024, the Law Department of the College of Europe and the Institute for European Law of KU Leuven/RESHUFFLE project are organizing a high-level conference entitled 'Activating the Protection of Fundamental and Human Rights at European Level'. The conference will focus on the role played by the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe in protecting human rights in Europe.  Here is a short description of the event: 'There is growing awareness that the European Union, next to the Council o ..read more
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Book Launch: Positive Obligations under the ECHR
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2w ago
On Wednesday 21 February 2024, from 17:30 to 19:00 CET, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights of Oxford University is hosting a book launch for the new book 'Positive Obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights', authored by Vladislava Stoyanova (Associate Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University) and published with Oxford University Press. The event will be joined by Sandy Steel (Professor of Law and Philosophy of Law in the Faculty of Law at Oxford University), Helen Mountfield KC (Principal of Mansfield College and Barriste ..read more
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Three New Judges and Commissioner Elected
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3w ago
Last week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) had a busy week in many respects, including in terms of elections. No less than three new judges were elected to the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, a new Commissioner for Human Rights was elected. Stéphane Pisani was elected as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Luxembourg. He is a deputy Judge at the Administrative Tribunal and a deputy member of the Judicial Disciplinary Court of Luxembourg. He is also a member of the Superior Courts Network attached to the ECHR and has tau ..read more
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Annual Press Conference of the President of the ECtHR
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3w ago
On Thursday 25 January 2024, the President of the ECtHR Síofra O’Leary held a press conference during which the results of the Court's activities and statistics for the year 2023 were presented.  President O'Leary began the conference by stating that in the year 2023, the ECtHR progressed considerably in processing pending Inter-State cases relating to the conflict in Ukraine. A hearing on the merits took place in the Inter-State case between Ukraine and Russia concerning Crimea, and preparations for another hearing on admissibility and merits in three Inter-State cases against Rus ..read more
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Updated Rules of Court on Recusal of Judges
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1M ago
Yesterday, 22 January, the newest version of the Rules of Court entered into force. Decided by the Plenary of the Court in December, they are part of a series of internal procedural reforms, also related to the Rules of Court, as we reported earlier here. The newest change relates to Rule 28, on the recusal of judges in procedures at the European Court of Human Rights. The new Rule provides as follows: Rule 28 – Inability to sit and recusal 1. A judge has the duty to sit in all cases assigned to him or her, unless, for the reasons set out in paragraph 2, he or s ..read more
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New Session of MOOC on ECHR Starts Again on 10 February
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On 10 February 2024 Utrecht University's free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the ECHR will start again! Registration is open now. To enroll, please go to the Coursera platform.  The MOOC entitled 'Human Rights for Open Societies - An introduction into the ECHR' is taught by my Utrecht University colleagues professor Antoine Buyse and professor Janneke Gerards. This is the description of our six-week course: 'Human rights are under pressure in many places across the globe. Peaceful protests are violently quashed. Voting is tampered with. And minorities are often excluded from dec ..read more
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Webinar on 'The Evidentiary System of the European Court of Human Rights in Critical Perspective'
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On 10 January at 14:00 CET, the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University is organizing a webinar launching the new special issue of the ECHR Law Review entitled 'The Evidentiary System of the European Court of Human Rights in Critical Perspective'. The contributors to the special issue will present their research articles, followed by a discussion and general Q&A. The webinar will discuss questions such as: how does evidence work at the European Court of Human Rights? How does the adoption of a particular standard of proof impact the outcome of cases? Is the burden of proof distributed app ..read more
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New Special Issue ECHR Law Review
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Right before Christmas the last issue of 2023 of the ECHR Law Review  was published (Vol. 4, issue 4). This special issue, edited by Marie-Benedicte Dembour (Human Rights Centre, Ghent University), looks at the way evidence works at the European Court of Human Rights. The issue contains one editorial and four research articles. This is the table of contents: * Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, 'The Evidentiary System of the European Court of Human Rights in Critical Perspective' * Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt at its Worst – But Also at its Potential Best: Dis ..read more
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New Thematic Factsheet on Reproductive Rights
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2M ago
The Council of Europe's Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights has just issued a new thematic factsheet on how judgments of the Court have helped to protect and advance reproductive rights.  Here is a brief description: 'Under the European Court’s case law, the notion of “private life” within the meaning of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights incorporates the right to respect for both the decisions to become and not to become a parent. Thus, the European Court addresses&nb ..read more
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