Hearing concerning Germany


The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Schatschaschwili v. Germany.

The case concerns the complaint by a man convicted of aggravated robbery and extortion. He maintains that his trial was unfair as neither he nor his counsel had had an opportunity at any stage of the proceedings to question the only direct witnesses of the crime allegedly committed.

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Webcast of the hearing

Chamber judgments

  • Judgment concerning Switzerland

    Judgment concerning Switzerland

    In the case of Haldimann and Others v. Switzerland, the Court held that there had been a violation of the freedom of expression on account of the criminal court sentence ordering 4 journalists to pay fines for recording and broadcasting an interview of a private insurance broker using a hidden camera, as part of a television documentary intended to denounce the misleading advice provided by insurance brokers.

    It is the first time that the Court has ruled in a case concerning the use of hidden cameras by journalists to provide public information on a subject of general interest. It found that the documentary had not sought to target the person being recorded in any personal capacity, but to denounce the commercial practices of a particular professional category.

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  • Judgments concerning Germany

    Judgments concerning Germany

    In the cases of Bohlen v. Germany and Ernst August von Hannover v. Germany the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention. These cases concerned the use in humorous cigarette advertisements of the applicants’ first names and of news items concerning them, without their consent.

    The Court held that the Federal Court of Justice had struck a fair balance between freedom of expression and the right to respect for private life.

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Grand Chamber

  • Relinquishment of jurisdiction


    The Chamber to which the case of Jeronovičs v. Latvia had been allocated has relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber.

    In this case the applicant complains that, notwithstanding the unilateral declaration of the Latvian Government – accepted by the ECHR in a previous application – acknowledging that ill-treatment had been inflicted on the applicant with a view to making him confess, the public prosecutor’s office disregarded that unilateral declaration in its decision refusing to reopen the criminal proceedings regarding the ill-treatment inflicted on the applicant by police officers.

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber


Moot Court

  • European Moot Court

    European Moot Court

    Students from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) won the 3rd edition of the European Moot Court competition in English, which was held at the Court on 25 February 2015. They beat the team from Essex University (United Kingdom) in the final round. 16 university teams from 12 countries (Austria, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Norway, the Netherlands, Romania, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey) had been selected following the written part of the competition.

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Official Visits

  • Visit to the Conseil constitutionnel


    On 2 March, President Spielmann travelled to the Conseil constitutionnel in Paris, invited by its President Jean-Louis Debré, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the priority question of constitutionality procedure. He met the members of the Conseil constitutionnel and then delivered a speech to more than 300 representatives of the French judiciary. He was accompanied by André Potocki, judge elected in respect of France.

    Speech by Dean Spielmann (in French)

    Speech by Jean-Louis Debré (in French)

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Belgium

    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Belgium

    On 2 March 2015, Koen Geens, Minister of Justice of Belgium, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Paul Lemmens, judge elected in respect of Belgium, and Roderick Liddell, Director of Common services, also attended the meeting.


Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions