Referrals to the Grand Chamber
At its next meeting (Monday 27 May 2013), a panel of five judges will examine the referral requests of cases to the Grand Chamber.
The Court has declared inadmissible the case of Hasan Uzun v. Turkey, for non-exhaustion of domestic remedies.
It found that the Turkish Parliament had entrusted the Constitutional Court with powers that enabled it to provide, in principle, direct and speedy redress for violations
of the rights and freedoms protected by the Convention.
Press release (Turkish version)
Meeting with the European Committee of Social Rights
On 13 May 2013, President Spielmann participated to the 264th session of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) in Strasbourg.
Speech (in French only)
Website of the European Committee of Social Rights
Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
On 16 May 2013, Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann.
Johannes Silvis, the judge elected in respect of the Netherlands and Roderick Liddell, Director of Common Services, also attended the meeting.
Visit by a delegation of Estonia
On 14 May 2013, a delegation of Secretaries General of the Estonian Ministries led by Heiki Loot, Secretary of State,
visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Julia Laffranque, judge elected in respect of Estonia and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.
Judgment concerning Switzerland
In the case of
Gross v. Switzerland,
the Court held that Swiss law was not clear enough as to when assisted suicide was permitted. The authorities refused to provide the applicant,
an elderly woman who wishes to end her life but does not suffer from any clinical illness, with a lethal dose of a drug in order to commit suicide.
Right to life,
Judgment concerning Ukraine
In the case
Tymoshenko v. Ukraine which concerned complaints
relating to the detention of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya
Tymoshenko, the Court found violations of Article 5 of the Convention and a
violation of Article 18 of the Convention taken together with Article 5.
Judgment delivery - 30 April 2013
Press release (Ukrainian Version)
Press release (German Version)
Protocol No. 15
On 16 May 2013, President Spielmann took part in the 123rd session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Speech (only in French)
During the session,
Protocol No. 15 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
has been adopted by the Committee of Ministers. It will be opened for signature by member States on 24 June 2013.