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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Factsheet: New technologies

Chamber judgments

  • 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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  • Judgment concerning France


    In the case of Helhal v. France the Court found that, although the applicant’s continuing detention did not in itself constitute inhuman or degrading treatment in the light of his disability, the inadequacy of the physical rehabilitation treatment provided to him and the fact that the prison premises were not adapted to his disability amounted to a breach of Article 3 of the Convention.

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    Factsheet: Prisoners' health rights

    Factsheet - Persons with disabilities and the ECHR


Grand Chamber

  • Referrals to the Grand Chamber


    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of two cases concerning Hungary.

    The cases of Karácsony and Others v. Hungary and Szél and Others v. Hungary concern complaints by members of the Hungarian Parliament of two opposition parties about having been fined, for gravely disturbing Parliament’s work, following their protests against two legislative proposals.

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    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber


Forthcoming hearing

  • Hearing in March 2015


    The Court will be holding a hearing in the case of Schatschaschwili v. Germany on 4 March 2015. 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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Interim measures

  • Application concerning the Russian Federation


    The Court has invited a Ukrainian pilot to put an end to her hunger strike and requested the Russian Government to provide factual information concerning her situation. The applicant is a servicewoman of the Ukrainian Air Force captured in June 2014 by the armed formations operating near Luhansk and subsequently detained by the Russian authorities on suspicion of murder. She has been on hunger strike for more than 60 days, and complains, among other things, about the risk of being subjected to ill-treatment in the form of forced feeding.

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  • Seminar "The Right to life: 20 Years of legal developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom"

    Seminar "The Right to life: 20 Years of legal developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom"

    As a tribute to Michael O’Boyle, the Court and the International Institute of Human Rights organised a Seminar on the theme of “The Right to life: 20 Years of legal developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom”, on 13 February 2015.
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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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Delivered Judgments & Decisions

Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions