Grand Chamber judgment concerning France
In the case of H.F. and Others v. France the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to enter the territory of the State of which he or she is a national.
The case concerned unsuccessful requests by the applicants for the repatriation by the French authorities of their respective daughters and grandchildren, who are being held in the al-Hol camp in north-eastern Syria run by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Webcast of the hearing (29/09/2021)
Due to the interruption of the international postal services to and from the Russian Federation and where the only means of delivery of the Court’s decisions and judgments to the applicants is by post, the Court has exceptionally decided to notify the applicants about decisions and judgments adopted by its Chamber and Committee judicial formations after 1 March 2022 in respect of applications against the Russian Federation only via its HUDOC database.
Judgment concerning Portugal20/09/2022
In the case of McCann and Healy v. Portugal the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to respect for private and family life.
The case concerned statements made by a former detective inspector – in a book, a documentary and a newspaper interview – about the applicants’ alleged involvement in the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine McCann, who went missing on 3 May 2007 in southern Portugal. Before the Court, the applicants alleged that there had been a violation of their right to reputation and to their right to be presumed innocent. The Court found that the applicants' claim concerning the right to be presumed innocent was manifestly ill-founded....
Judgment concerning Poland15/09/2022
In the case of Rabczewska v. Poland the Court held that there had been a violation of the freedom of expression.
The case concerned a pop singer in Poland known as Doda and comments she had made in an interview about the Bible which the courts decided were blasphemous.
The Court found that the applicant’s statements had been made in reply to questions about her private life, in a frivolous and colourful language with her young audience of fans in mind. They had neither amounted to hate speech nor incited to hatred or religious intolerance and the Court therefore ruled that the domestic courts had failed to provide sufficient reasons to justify the interference with the applicant’s freedom of speech....
Election of a new President of the ECHR19/09/2022
The Court has elected Síofra O’Leary (Ireland) as President of the Court. Having been Vice-President of the Court since 2 January 2022, Síofra O’Leary will succeed Robert Spano, whose term of office expires on 31 October 2022.
Síofra O’Leary is the first female President in the history of the Court....
Election of new Vice-Presidents and Section Presidents of the ECHR19/09/2022
The ECHR has elected two new Vice-Presidents - Judges Georges Ravarani (Luxembourg) and Marko Bošnjak (Slovenia). It has also elected two new Section Presidents – Judges Pere Pastor Vilanova (Andorra) and Arnfinn Bårdsen (Norway). They will all take up their duties on 1 November 2022 respectively....
Third-party intervention requests in an inter-State case23/09/2022
Twenty-three Governments and one non-governmental organisation have requested leave to intervene as third parties in the proceedings concerning the inter-State case of Ukraine v. Russia (X).
The case concerns the Ukrainian Government’s allegations of mass and gross human rights violations committed by the Russian Federation in its military operations on the territory of Ukraine since 24 February 2022....
Visit by a delegation from the French Constitutional Council22/09/2022
On 22 September 2022, Laurent Fabius, President of the French Constitutional Council, accompanied by a delegation made up of Michel Pinault, Corinne Luquiens, Jacques Mézard, François Pillet, Alain Juppé, Jacqueline Gourault, François Seners, Véronique Malbec, Members, and also Jean Maïa, Secretary General and Laurent Neyret, Head of Office, visited the Court and were received by President Robert Spano. During the visit the delegation took part in a Round Table composed of Judges Jon Fridrik Kjølbro, Vice-President of the Court and judge elected in respect of Denmark, Síofra O’Leary, President-elect of the Court and judge elected in respect of Ireland, Georges Ravarani, Section President and judge elected in respect of Luxembourg, Marko Bošnjak, Section President and judge elected in respect of Slovenia, Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, Section President and judge elected in respect of Austria, Mattias Guyomar, judge elected in respect of France, as well as Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, and lawyers of the Registry....
The Court will be holding a Chamber hearing in the case of Pietrzak v. Poland and Bychawska-Siniarska and Others v. Poland on 27 September 2022.
The case concerns the compatibility of the national legislation authorising secret surveillance by the police and intelligence services in respect of communications, and data collection about those communications (“metadata”), regarding the right to respect for private and family life and the right to an effective remedy....