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Grand Chamber judgment concerning Spain

17/10/2019

In the case of López Ribalda and Others v. Spain the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.

The applicants, 5 cashiers working for the supermarket chain M.S.A., were dismissed on disciplinary grounds following proceedings in which video recordings showing them stealing items were admitted in evidence. In the proceedings before the Court the applicants complain in particular of the covert video surveillance and of the courts’ use of the data obtained to find that their dismissals were fair.

Press release Delivery of the judgment

Webcast of the hearing (28/11/2018)

Country profile - Spain Factsheet - Surveillance at workplace Factsheet - New technologies

Official Visits

  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova

    15/10/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova

    On 15 October 2019, Olesea Stamate, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Valeriu Griţco, judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Greece

    15/10/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Greece

    On 15 October 2019, Konstantinos Tsiaras, Minister of Justice of Greece was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Roderick Liddell, Registrar, and Marialena Tsirli, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Luxembourg

    15/10/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Luxembourg

    On 15 October 2019, Sam Tanson, Minister of Justice of Luxembourg was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Georges Ravarani, judge elected in respect of Luxembourg, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Meeting with the Minister of Justice of Austria

    15/10/2019 

    On 15 October 2019, Clemens Jabloner, Minister of Justice of Austria was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, judge elected in respect of Austria, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Finland

    15/10/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Finland

    On 14 October 2019, Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice of Finland was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Pauliine Koskelo, judge elected in respect of Finland, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Slovenia

    15/10/2019 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Slovenia

    On 14 October 2019, Andreja Katič, Minister of Justice of Slovenia was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Marko Bošnjak, judge elected in respect of Slovenia, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Other Information

  • 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe

    15/10/2019 
    70th anniversary of the Council of Europe

    President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos took part in the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, a ceremony also attended by the organisation’s Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and by French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Video of the speech

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  • Conference of the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe Member States

    15/10/2019 
    Conference of the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe Member States

    On 14 and 15 October 2019, President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos took part in the Conference of the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe Member States. He was accompanied by Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President and Judge elected in respect of Germany, Robert Spano, Vice-President and Judge elected in respect of Iceland, and André Potocki, Judge elected in respect of France. Roderick Liddell, Registrar, and Marialena Tsirli, Deputy Registrar also attended the meeting. On this occasion, President Sicilianos delivered one of the open speeches.

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Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Azerbaijan

    17/10/2019 

    In the case of Mushfig Mammadov and Others v. Azerbaijan, the Court found that there had been a violation of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion on account of the conviction of the 5 applicants, all Jehovah’s Witnesses, for refusing to do their military service.

    The Court noted that this case highlighted the problem of the lack of legislation on any substitute for military service in Azerbaijan, which had given a commitment that it would enact such a law on joining the Council of Europe, while this was also a requirement under its own Constitution.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Conscientious objection

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Grand Chamber

  • Advisory opinion: request accepted

    11/10/2019 
    Advisory opinion: request accepted

    The Court has accepted a request for an advisory opinion from the Constitutional Court of Armenia. This request is related to an Article in Armenia’s Criminal Code which penalizes the overthrowing of the Constitutional order.

    Press release

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Hearing

  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning Iceland

    09/10/2019 
    Grand Chamber hearing concerning Iceland

    The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Gestur Jónsson and Ragnar Halldór Hall v. Iceland on 9 October 2019.

    The applicants are two lawyers who had been appointed to defend the accused in a criminal trial; they asked the court to be allowed to withdraw from the case. They complain about the fact that they were ordered, in their absence, to pay a fine for contempt of court and dilatory conduct.

    Press release

    Webcast of the hearing

    Country profile - Iceland

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