Grand Chamber hearing concerning Greece
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Molla Sali v. Greece.
The case concerns the application by the Greek courts of Islamic religious (Sharia) law to a dispute concerning inheritance rights over the estate of the late husband of the applicant, a Greek national belonging to the country’s Muslim minority.
The Court will deliver Grand Chamber judgments on just satisfaction in the cases of Chiragov and Others v. Armenia and Sargsyan v. Azerbaijan on 12 December 2017.
These applications concern the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Court delivered its judgments on the merits in these two cases in June 2015 and held that the question of just satisfaction was not ready for decision.
Webcast of the hearing Sargsyan v. Azerbaijan (05/02/2014)
Webcast of the hearing Sargsyan v. Azerbaijan (15/09/2010)...
On 11 December 2017, a panel of five judges will examine 12 Grand Chamber referral requests....
Judgment concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina05/12/2017
In the case of Hamidović v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Court has held that there had been a violation of the right to freedom of religion.
The applicant, a member of the Wahhabi/Salafi community who had been summoned to appear as a witness during criminal proceedings, had been expelled from the courtroom and convicted of contempt of court for refusing to remove his skullcap.
The Court pointed out, in particular, that the applicant’s situation had to be distinguished from cases concerning the wearing of religious symbols and clothing at the workplace, notably by public officials.
Press release (in Bosnian)...
Judgment concerning Denmark05/12/2017
In the case of Frisk and Jensen v. Denmark, the Court has concluded that there was no violation of the applicants’ right to freedom of expression.
The case concerned the conviction of two journalists in defamation proceedings following the broadcasting in 2008 of a documentary programme criticising the treatment of cancer at Copenhagen University Hospital....
Meeting with the Government Agents05/12/2017
On 4 December 2017 the Government Agents, who represent the States in the proceedings before the Court, attended a meeting in which President Guido Raimondi, Vice-President Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Section President Helena Jäderblom, Roderick Liddell, Registrar of the Court, Françoise Elens-Passos, Deputy Registrar, Section Registrars, Deputy Section Registrars, and other senior Registry lawyers took part. This event, which occurs every two years, provides an opportunity for the Agents to express their concerns and indicate any problems they have encountered in their work, while it allows the Court’s representatives to explain and get feedback on new working methods. Various procedural and practical matters were discussed in the course of the meeting....
Hearings in December29/11/2017
The Court will be holding 2 hearings in December 2017 concerning Greece and Belgium.
The case of Molla Sali v. Greece concerns the application by the Greek courts of Islamic religious (Sharia) law to a dispute concerning inheritance rights over the estate of the late husband of the applicant, a Greek national belonging to the country’s Muslim minority. The case of Beuze v. Belgium concerns the lack of legal assistance during the initial phase of criminal proceedings....