Grand Chamber hearing concerning Italy
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Berlusconi v. Italy.
The applicant, Silvio Berlusconi, a former Prime Minister of Italy, was removed from office as a Senator, by the Italian Senate in November 2013, on account of his conviction for tax evasion. Before the ECHR he alleges a violation of Article 7 (no punishment without law), Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections) and Article 13 (right to an effective remedy).
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Romania15/11/2017
The Court has held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Nicolae Virgiliu Tănase v. Romania.
The applicant, who sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident in 2004, complains that the criminal investigation into the accident lacked promptness and was ineffective. He also complains that the special statute of limitation took effect in respect of the third party’s offence, and alleges that he was subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment as a result of the manner in which the authorities handled the investigation....
Chamber hearing concerning the United Kingdom07/11/2017
The Court held a hearing in the cases of Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v. the United Kingdom and 10 Human Rights Organisations and Others v. the United Kingdom.
The complaints in these 3 cases were triggered by the leak of information by Edward Snowden about the electronic surveillance programmes used by the USA and the United Kingdom to intercept communications in bulk, and the sharing of intercepted communications and communications data between the 2 States. The applicants believe that, because of the sensitive nature of their activities, their communications may have been intercepted by either the United Kingdom or the United States’ intelligence services....
Hearings in November 201702/11/2017
The Court will be holding 4 hearings in November 2017.
The cases of Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v. the United Kingdom, and 10 Human Rights Organisations and Others v. the United Kingdom concern the bulk interception of external communications by the United Kingdom intelligence services, and the sharing of intelligence between the United Kingdom and the USA.
The case of Nicolae Virgiliu Tănase v. Romania mainly concerns a criminal investigation into a car accident.
The case of Berlusconi v. Italy concerns Silvio Berlusconi, former Prime Minister of Italy.
The case of Ilnseher v. Germany concerns the lawfulness of a convicted murderer’s preventive detention....
The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Domján v. Hungary. The applicant, a prisoner, complained about the conditions of his detention in a number of Hungarian prisons.
The Court found that the applicant, and all others in his position, had to use a domestic remedy introduced by a new law aimed at preventing and redressing Convention violations resulting from prison overcrowding and other unsuitable conditions of detention in Hungary....
Judgment concerning Iceland23/11/2017
In the case of Haarde v. Iceland the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.
The applicant, Geir Hilmar Haarde, was Prime Minister of Iceland from 2006 to 2009. He was impeached for negligence on account of his handling of the country’s 2008 banking crisis and found criminally liable.
He complained that his trial had not been fair and that the legal provisions used for his criminal conviction had been vague and unclear....
The Court will be delivering its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Merabishvili v. Georgia on 28 November 2017.
The applicant, Ivane Merabishvili, is a former Prime Minister of Georgia and was one of the leaders of the party in power prior to the parliamentary elections of October 2012, the United National Movement (MNU). He is currently serving a prison sentence for a number of offences, including vote-buying and misappropriation of property.
The applicant complains of a number of violations of the Convention relating to his arrest and detention.
Webcast of the hearing (08/03/2017)...
Film on the ECHR: new versions13/11/2017
It is currently available in 22 languages of the Council of Europe member States.
This film explains how the Court works, describes the challenges faced by it and shows the scope of its activity through examples from the case-law....