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Chamber judgment concerning Luxembourg

Roof of the European Court of Human Rights

11/05/2021

In the case of Halet v. Luxembourg the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.

The case concerned Mr Halet’s criminal conviction in the “Luxleaks” case for disclosing tax documents concerning some of his employer’s clients.

The applicant, who was employed at the relevant time by the company PricewaterhouseCoopers, was convicted following criminal proceedings brought against him.

The Court held, in particular, that it was not unreasonable to regard this as a relatively mild penalty that would not have a real chilling effect on the exercise of the freedom of the person concerned or of other employees.

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Hearings

  • Hearings in May

    30/04/2021 
    Hearings in May

    The Court will be holding two Grand Chamber hearings in May 2021.

    The case Grzęda v. Poland concerns a reform of the judiciary in Poland as a result of which the office of a Supreme Administrative Court judge elected to the National Council of the Judiciary was terminated before the end of his four-year term.  There are currently 27 applications pending before the Court which raise issues relating to various  aspects of the reform of the judicial system in Poland under laws that entered into force in 2017 and  2018.

    The case Savickis and Others v. Latvia concerns the applicants’ allegations of discrimination in the calculation of their State pensions as permanently resident non-citizens of Latvia, as contrasted with Latvian citizens.

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    Calendar of hearings

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Grand Chamber

  • Request for an advisory opinion

    12/05/2021 

    The Court has accepted a request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Court of Cassation of Armenia on 11 March 2021.

    In its request, the Court of Cassation of Armenia has asked the ECHR to provide an advisory opinion on whether the non-application of limitation periods for imposing criminal responsibility in respect of torture or equivalent criminal offences with reliance on sources of international law is compatible with Article 7 of the Convention, if domestic law does not require such non-application of those limitation periods.

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  • Relinquishment

    12/05/2021 

    The Chamber to which the inter-State cases Armenia v. Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan v. Armenia had been allocated has relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber.

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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

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Communication

  • Communication of a case to Switzerland

    17/05/2021 

    The Court has communicated to the Government of Switzerland the application Semenya v. Switzerland.

    The applicant, Mokgadi Caster Semenya, is an international South African athlete specialising in middle-distance races (800 to 3,000 metres), who complains about regulations issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), requiring her to lower her natural testosterone levels through hormone treatment in order to be eligible to compete as a woman in international sporting events.

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