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Current activities at the ECHR during the global health crisis

Human Rights Building Main hearing room


Since Monday 16 March 2020 the Court has taken a number of exceptional measures in the context of the global health crisis.

In accordance with the lockdown measures adopted by the host country, and while facilitating teleworking and electronic communication, the Court has maintained its core activities (in particular the handling of priority cases) and has continued to receive applications and allocate them to the relevant judicial formations.

Press release


  • Judgment concerning Georgia


    In the case of Kukhalashvili and Others v. Georgia the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to life.

    The case concerned the death of the applicants’ relatives during a police operation to quell a riot in a prison where they were being held.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning Romania


    In the case of Andreea-Marusi Dumitru v. Romania Court held that there had been a violation of the right to life.

    The case concerned the effectiveness and length of the investigation conducted after the applicant sustained gunshot wounds during a police operation at a goods train depot in November 2005.

    Press release


Other information

  • Composition of the Court

    Composition of the Court

    The composition of the Court changed after the judge elected in respect of Portugal, Ana Maria Guerra Martins, was sworn in on 1 April 2020.

    Owing to the current situation, Ms Guerra Martins made the solemn declaration to President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos by videoconference.

    Video of the Ceremony

    Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

    Composition of the Court

  • ECHR is taking exceptional measures

    ECHR is taking exceptional measures

    The Court is taking a number of exceptional measures to respond to the unprecedented global health crisis, having regard to the recent decisions of the French authorities and the Council of Europe.

    The Court’s essential activities will in principle be maintained and especially the handling of priority cases. Procedures have been adopted for the examination of urgent requests for interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court.

    The six-month time-limit for the lodging of applications, under Article 35 of the Convention, is exceptionally suspended for a one-month period running from Monday 16 March 2020. All time-limits allotted in proceedings that are currently pending will be suspended for one month, with effect from Monday 16 March 2020.

    Press release


Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions