Grand Chamber judgment concerning the United Kingdom


In the case of Hassan v. the United Kingdom, the Court held that there has been no violation of the Convention.

The case concerned the capture of an Iraqi national, Tarek Hassan, by the British armed forces and his detention at Camp Bucca in southeastern Iraq during the hostilities in 2003. His brother claims that Tarek was under the control of British forces, and that his dead body was subsequently found bearing marks of torture and execution.

Press release Delivery of the judgment

Country profile - United Kingdom Factsheet: Armed conflicts Factsheet: Extra-territorial jurisdiction

Webcast of the hearing 11/12/2013

Grand Chamber

  • Forthcoming judgment


    The Court will be delivering its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Mocanu and Others v. Romania on 17 September 2014.

    The case concerns the investigation and the length of the proceedings brought following the violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Bucharest in June 1990.

    Press release

    Country profile - Romania

  • Referrals to the Grand Chamber


    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of 4 cases.

    Press release



  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation

    Grand Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation


    The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Khoroshenko v. Russia.

    The case concerns the complaint by a life prisoner that no long-term family visits were allowed during his detention in a special regime correctional colony.

    Press release

    Country profile - Russia

    Webcast of the hearing

  • Forthcoming hearing

    Forthcoming hearing

    On 24 September 2014, the Court will be holding a hearing in the case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia. The case concerns the complaint by an editor-in-chief of a publishing company about the lack of sufficient safeguards under Russian law against the monitoring of telephone communications by law-enforcement agencies.

    Press release, Calendar of hearings

    All hearings are recorded and can be viewed on the Court’s internet site.
    Webcast of hearings



  • ECHR re-elects a Vice-President

    ECHR re-elects a Vice-President

    Judge Josep Casadevall has today been re-elected Vice-President of the Court. He will also continue to sit as Section President.

    Press release



  • Inadmissibility decision


    The Court declared inadmissible the case of D. and Others v. Belgium. The case concerned the refusal by the Belgian authorities to allow the entry into Belgium of a child born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine on behalf of a Belgian couple. The refusal was maintained until they had produced sufficient evidence of a parent-child relationship.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Reproductive Rights


Chamber judgment

  • Chamber judgment concerning Belgium

    Chamber judgment concerning Belgium

    In the case of Trabelsi v. Belgium, the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and that Belgium had failed to comply with its obligations regarding the right of individual application.

    The case concerned the extradition of a Tunisian national from Belgium to the United States to face charges of terrorist offences, despite the fact that the Court had asked Belgium to suspend the extradition as an interim measure.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Terrorism


Official visits

  • Visit to Lithuania

    Visit to Lithuania

    On 12 September 2014, President Spielmann paid an official visit to Lithuania. On that occasion, he was received by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė. During his visit, he also met the Minister of Justice, Juozas Bernatonis, the President of the Supreme Court, Gintaras Kryževičius, the President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas, and judges of the Constitutional Court. President Spielmann was accompanied by Egidijus Kūris, Judge elected in respect of Lithuania, and Roderick Liddell, Director of Common Services.

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Switzerland

    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Switzerland

    On 5 September 2014, Simonetta Sommaruga, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, Head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Helen Keller, the judge elected in respect of Switzerland, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

  • Voluntary contribution by Norway to the Court’s special account

    Voluntary contribution by Norway to the Court’s special account

    President Spielmann, Erik Fribergh, Registrar, and Ambassador Astrid Emilie Helle, Permanent Representative of Norway to the Council of Europe, met on 2 September 2014 on the occasion of a contribution of NOK 2 million (approximately 240,000 euros) to the Court's special account. This generous contribution makes it possible for the Court to recruit additional lawyers to help further reduce the backlog of priority cases.

    In announcing the contribution, the Norwegian Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Astrid Emilie Helle, made the following statement: “Norway attaches the highest importance to multilateral organisations whose defence of international law is particularly crucial at times of crisis like the present. In this context the European Convention on Human Rights is by far the most effective system of international human rights protection that the world has ever known. The Court’s work in enforcing the Convention is of very great value to the member States of the Council of Europe and indeed to the international community as a whole. We believe that the Court deserves our full-hearted support”.

    Press release



  • Applicant pages in all languages

    Applicant pages in all languages

    Web pages providing helpful information for anyone wishing to apply to the Court have now been published in all the official languages of the member States.

    The pages are fully available in the languages of the States Parties and contain all the documents needed to apply to the Court, together with translations of publications, flow charts and videos and useful links explaining the functioning of the Court in 35 languages.

    Applicant pages

Other judgments

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