Grand Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation


The Court held a Grand Chamber 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

Country profile - Russia

Factsheet: New technologies

Webcast of hearings

Other information

  • Tutorial for applicants


    A tutorial for applicants, explaining how to fill in the application form correctly, is available in 16 official languages of Council of Europe member States. The video clip sets outs the formal requirements which must be complied with when applying to the Court; failure to meet these requirements will result in an application being rejected instead of being assigned to a judicial formation.

    Other language versions of this video clip will soon be available on the Court’s internet site.


  • Statement by the Registrar


    Following the recent publication in the Italian press of information concerning the applications lodged by Silvio Berlusconi, the Registrar of the Court wishes to provide the following clarifications.

    Three applications lodged by Mr Berlusconi are currently pending before the Court. To date, no decision has been made on the admissibility of any of these applications.

    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


Grand Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Switzerland


    The Court has declared inadmissible the case of Gross v. Switzerland. It found that the applicant’s conduct had constituted an abuse of the right of individual application.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

  • Forthcoming judgment


    The Court will be delivering its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Jeunesse v. the Netherlands on Friday 3 October 2014.

    The case concerns the refusal to grant a residence permit to a Surinamese woman who, married to a Netherlands national with three children, did not leave the Netherlands after the expiry of her tourist visa in 1997.

    Press release

    Country profile - Netherlands

    Hearing of 13/11/2013

  • Judgment concerning Romania

    Judgment concerning Romania


    In the case of Mocanu and Others v. Romania, which concerned the investigation and the length of the proceedings following a violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Bucharest in June 1990, the Court has found violations of Articles 2, 3 and 6 of the Convention.

    During the crackdown, Mrs Mocanu’s husband was killed by gunfire and Mr Stoica was arrested and ill-treated by police officers.

    Press release Delivery of the judgment

    Country profile - Romania

    Webcast of the hearing 2/10/2013


Chamber judgments

  • Judgment concerning Bulgaria

    Judgment concerning Bulgaria

    In the case of Anzhelo Georgiev and Others v. Bulgaria, the Court found a violation of Article 3 of the Convention on account of ill-treatment sustained by the applicants and the inadequacy of the investigation into their allegations.

    The case concerned an excessive use of force by the police, and in particular the use of electroshock weapons during a search of an Internet company to seize illegal software.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning Azerbaijan


    In the case of Karimov v. Azerbaijan, the Court concluded that the setting up of special polling stations for military personnel in the applicant’s constituency had been in breach of the relevant national legislation. Tthe Court moreover considered that there had been a deliberate practice of organising military voting in breach of the relevant legislation.

    The case concerned allegations by an opposition candidate about irregularities in the 2005 parliamentary elections.

    Press release



  • Inadmissibility decisions

    Inadmissibility decisions

    In view of the introduction of new remedies in Italy, the Court has declared inadmissible, for failure to exhaust domestic remedies, 19 applications concerning prison overcrowding. About 3,500 similar applications are currently pending before the Court.

    Press release



  • Hearings in october 2014

    Hearings in october 2014

    In October 2014, the Court will be holding hearings in the cases of Bouyid v. Belgium, Tagayeva and Others v. Russia and Blokhin v. Russia.

    Press release

    Calendar of hearings


Official visits

  • Visit by the Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom

    Visit by the Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom

    On 23 September 2014, Lord Faulks QC, Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann, Paul Mahoney, judge elected in respect of the United Kingdom, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar. During the visit, he took part in roundtable discussions with members of the Registry.

  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Mexico

    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Mexico

    On 24 September 2014, Juan Silva Meza, President of the Supreme Court of Mexico, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Josep Casadevall, vice-president and judge elected in respect of Andorra, Luis López Guerra, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting.

Other judgments

Other judgments and decisions

Forthcoming judgments


4 and 6 judgments


14 judgments