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Grand Chamber hearing concerning Germany

Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Hanan v. Germany



The Court held a hearing in the case of Hanan v. Germany.

The case concerns an investigation into a NATO airstrike in the Kunduz region in Afghanistan in September 2009. The applicant’s sons, aged 12 and 8, as well as other civilians, were killed in the bombing raids, which had been ordered by a member of the German armed forces operating in the region.

Press release

Webcast of the hearing

Country profile - Germany


  • Judgment concerning the Russian Federation


    In the case of Y.I. v. Russia the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to respect for family life. 

    The case concerned the applicant’s complaint about being deprived of her parental authority in respect of her three children because she was a drug addict. Drug addiction is a ground for removing

    parental authority under the Russian Family Code, and entailed her losing all contact rights.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning Portugal


    In the case of Paixão Moreira Sá Fernandes v. Portugal the Court has found a number of violations of the right to a fair hearing.

    Ricardo Paixão Moreira Sá Fernandes, a lawyer, had been fined for secretly recording a conversation with a businessman offering him money to ensure that his brother, a city councillor, would drop his opposition to the man’s desired contract with Lisbon city council. 

    The Court noted that the applicant had been acquitted at first instance but convicted on appeal following an unfair trial. 

    Press release



Other information

  • Bonavero Human Rights Lecture

    Bonavero Human Rights Lecture

    On 20 February 2020, Judge Robert Spano, the Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, delivered a lecture entitled The Democratic Virtues of Human Rights: A Response to Lord Sumption's Reith Lectures at the Inaugural Annual Bonavero Human Rights Lecture that took place at the Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn in London.

    Speech by Robert Spano

    More info

  • Facts & Figures 2019 and Overview 1959-2019

    Facts & Figures 2019 and Overview 1959-2019

    The documents The ECHR in facts and figures 2019 and the Overview 1959-2019 have been published on the Court’s web site.

    Facts & Figures 2019

    Overview 1959-2019


Grand Chamber

  • Referral to the Grand Chamber


    The Court accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of the case of Denis and Irvine v. Belgium.

    The case concerns the refusal by the Belgian courts to order the release of the applicants, both being held in compulsory confinement.

    Press Release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber



  • Conference on Women's Human Rights

    Conference on Women's Human Rights

    The ECHR, in cooperation with the René Cassin Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Strasbourg, held a conference Women's Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developments and Challenges in International and European Law on 14 February 2020.

    Video 1
    Video 2



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