Chamber judgment concerning Spain

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In the case of Rubio Dosamantes v. Spain the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to respect for private life.

The applicant, Paulina Rubio Dosamantes, is a pop singer who is very well known in Spain. She complained that her reputation and private life had been harmed by remarks made by the media.

The Court found that the applicant’s fame as a singer did not mean that her activities or conduct in her private life should be regarded as necessarily falling within the public interest. The fact that she could have benefitted from media attention did not authorise TV channels to broadcast unchecked comments about her private life.

Press release Factsheet: Protection of reputation


  • Judgment concerning Germany


    In the case of Mitzinger v. Germany the Court held that the relevant German legislation resulted in a discriminatory difference in treatment, by ruling out any inheritance rights for children born out of wedlock before a given date, 1 July 1949. The Court thus found a violation of the Convention prohibition of discrimination.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Parental Rights

    Factsheet: Children's Rights

  • Judgment concerning “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”


    In the case of Selmani and Others v. “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, the Court held that there had been a violation of freedom of expression and of the right to a fair hearing.

    The case concerned the forcible removal of journalists from the national Parliament gallery where they were reporting on a parliamentary debate about approval of the State budget for 2013.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning Italy


    In the case of Messana v. Italy, the Court found a violation of the right to enjoyment of property, having rejected a unilateral declaration by the Italian Government proposing a settlement that was insufficient for the purposes of striking out the application.

    The case concerned the indirect expropriation of the applications following the occupation of their land by the municipal authority for the building of low-rent housing.

    Press release


Grand Chamber

  • Forthcoming judgment


    The Court will be delivering its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of de Tommaso v. Italy on 23 February 2017.

    The case concerns the decision to subject the applicant, who was considered to be a dangerous person, to special police supervision together with a compulsory residence order for a period of 2 years.

    Press release

    Webcast of the hearing (20/05/2015)

    Country profile - Italy



  • European Moot Court Competition

    European Moot Court Competition

    Students from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) have been declared the winners of the 5th edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The competition ended on 16 February 2017 at the ECHR, when the team from Kyiv faced students from Sofia University (Bulgaria) in the final round of pleadings. The team from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) came 3rd.

    More info

    Moot Court at the ECHR




  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning Portugal

    Grand Chamber hearing concerning Portugal

    The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Correia de Matos v. Portugal.

    The case concerns the criminal proceedings brought against the applicant, a lawyer, for insulting a judge, and the fact that he was not permitted to conduct his own defence in those proceedings because the domestic courts required him to be represented by a lawyer.


    Press release

    Webcast of the hearing

    Country profile - Portugal


Other information

  • Thematic factsheets


    Around 60 thematic factsheets providing an overview of the ECHR’s case-law on certain issues are available on the Court’s website. These factsheets, which contain summaries of the main judgments and decisions and of cases pending before the Court, are updated regularly.

    In 2017, three new factsheets have been published presenting the case-law relating to austerity measures, gestational surrogacy and mass surveillance.



Delivered Judgments & Decisions

Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions