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.
Judgment concerning Belgium25/11/2014
In the case of Vasilescu v. Belgium, the Court observed that the problems arising from prison overcrowding in Belgium, and the problems of unhygienic and dilapidated prison institutions, were structural in nature. It recommended that Belgium envisage adopting general measures....
Judgment concerning France13/11/2014
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....
Official Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis
Referrals to the Grand Chamber18/11/2014
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....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Romania12/11/2014
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Gherghina v. Romania.
The case concerns the applicant’s alleged inability to pursue university studies because of the lack of accessible buildings for people with disabilities and the alleged failure to provide any reasonable alternative solutions....
Official Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis26/11/2014
Pope Francis paid an official visit to the Council of Europe on 25 November 2014. His Holiness addressed the Organisation in a solemn session bringing together all its institutions. President Spielmann was presented to the Supreme Pontiff....
Visit by the Attorney General of the United Kingdom24/11/2014
On 24 November 2014, Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General of the United Kingdom, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar....
Meeting with NGOs and applicants' representatives24/11/2014
On 21 November 2014, NGOs and applicants' representatives attended a meeting at the Court. President Spielmann gave the opening address. Its purpose was mainly to discuss procedural and technical issues which arise for organisations representing applicants before the Court....
Handbook on European law25/11/2014
The Handbook on European Data Protection Law, published jointly by the Court and the FRA (the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) is now available in 17 languages. Intended for legal practitioners, the handbook provides an overview of the applicable EU and Council of Europe legal frameworks and sets out the relevant case-law of the Court and the ECJ....