Chamber judgment concerning Portugal


In the case of Carvalho Pinto de Sousa Morais v. Portugal, the Court has considered discriminatory a decision by the Portuguese courts to reduce the amount of compensation awarded to the applicant following a medical error.

The applicant, a fifty-year-old woman suffering from gynaecological problems, submitted in particular that the domestic courts’ decision had disregarded the importance of her sexuality as a woman.

Press release

Factsheet - Gender equality


  • Judgment concerning the Netherlands


    In the case of M v. the Netherlands the Court has found a violation of the right to a fair trial.

    The applicant, a former member of the Netherlands secret services, submitted that the proceedings which had led to his conviction for disclosure of State secrets had been unfair. The Court found in particular that communication between the applicant and his lawyers had not been free and unrestricted owing to threats of prosecution against him should he reveal any State secrets to the latter.

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  • Judgment concerning Ukraine

    Judgment concerning Ukraine

    In the case of Khlebik v. Ukraine, the Court has found no violation of the Convention. The applicant, a Ukrainian national convicted of several offences, complained that the Ukrainian courts had been unable to examine his appeal because his case file was blocked in an area that was no longer under the Ukrainian Government’s control.

    The Court held that the Ukrainian authorities had done all in their power, under the circumstances of the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine, to find a solution to the problem.

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Grand Chamber


  • Inadmissibility decision

    Inadmissibility decision

    The Court has found that the application in the case of Belkacem v. Belgium was incompatible with the Convention and has declared it inadmissible. It held, in particular, that the applicant had attempted to deflect Article 10 of the Convention from its real purpose by using his right to freedom of expression for ends which were manifestly contrary to the spirit of the Convention.

    The case concerned the conviction of the applicant, the leader and spokesperson of the organisation “Sharia4Belgium” (dissolved in 2012), for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence on account of comments he had made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Hate speech


Case-law publications

  • Country profiles

    Country profiles

    “Country profiles” containing data and information, broken down by individual State, on significant cases considered by the Court or currently pending before it, have been updated on 1st July 2017. There is one country file for each Council of Europe member State.

    Country profiles




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