Grand Chamber judgment concerning the Netherlands


In the case of Jaloud v. the Netherlands, the Court held that there had been a violation of Article 2 (right to life).

The case concerned the investigation by the Netherlands authorities into the death of an Iraqi civilian who died of gunshot wounds in Iraq in April 2004 in an incident involving Netherlands Royal Army personnel.

Press release Delivery of the judgment

Country profile - Netherlands

Factsheet: Armed conflicts Factsheet: Extra-territorial jurisdiction

Hearing of 19/02/2014

Grand Chamber

  • Referrals to the Grand Chamber


    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of two cases concerning Sweden and Switzerland.

    The case of M.E. v. Sweden concerns the applicant’s threatened expulsion from Sweden to Libya, where he alleges he would be at risk of persecution and ill-treatment because he is a homosexual.

    The case of A.B. v. Switzerland concerns a journalist who was fined 4,000 Swiss francs
    (about 2,667 euros) for publishing documents in breach of the confidentiality of the judicial investigation in criminal proceedings.

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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

  • Grand Chamber judgment concerning Switzerland

    Grand Chamber judgment concerning Switzerland

    In in the case of Tarakhel v. Switzerland, the Court held that there would be a violation of Article 3 of the Convention if the Swiss authorities were to send the applicants back to Italy under the Dublin Regulation without having first obtained individual guarantees from the Italian authorities that the applicants would be taken charge of in a manner adapted to the age of the children and that the family would be kept together.

    The case concerned the refusal of the Swiss authorities to examine the asylum application of an Afghan couple and their 6 children and the decision to send them back to Italy.

    Country profile - Switzerland, Factsheet: "Dublin" cases, Webcast of the Hearing 12/02/2014, Delivery of the judgment Press Release


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Chamber judgments

  • Judgment concerning France


    In the case of Bodein v. France the Court concluded that there had been no violation of the Convention.

    The applicant is currently serving a life sentence for three murders, including two committed against minors under the age of fifteen, preceded or accompanied by rape. He complained that no reasons had been given in the judgment finding him guilty, and submitted that his sentence amounted to inhuman or degrading treatment inasmuch as, in his view, he had not been afforded any prospect of sentence adjustment or release, apart from a Presidential Pardon.

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President's news

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Hungary

    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Hungary

    On 19 November 2014, László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice of Hungary, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. András Sajó, judge elected in respect of Hungary, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

  • ​Visit by a delegation of the CCBE

    ​Visit by a delegation of the CCBE

    On 14 November 2014, President Spielmann received a delegation from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) led by his President, Aldo Bulgarelli, for a working meeting. During the visit the delegation also met Guido Raimondi, Vice-President and judge elected in respect of Italy, Işıl Karakaş, judge elected in respect of Turkey, Julia Laffranque, judge elected in respect of Estonia, Aleš Pejchal, judge elected in respect of Czech Republic and members of the Registry.


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