Judgment concerning Switzerland

24/02/2015

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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Chamber judgments

  • Judgments concerning Germany

    19/02/2015 
    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

    19/02/2015 

    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

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Grand Chamber

  • Relinquishment of jurisdiction

    27/02/2015 

    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.

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Forthcoming hearing

  • Hearing in March 2015

    25/02/2015 

    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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Visit by the President of Ireland

Moot Court

  • European Moot Court

    26/02/2015 
    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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