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Fourth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe

17/05/2023

On 16 and 17 May 2023 President Síofra O’Leary represented the Court at the 4th Council of Europe Summit in Reykjavik (Iceland). She delivered a statement on that occasion and held bilateral meetings with: Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic; Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova; Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium; Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia; Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland; Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland; Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg; Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

Press release

Speech by President Síofra O’Leary

Video of the speech

Reykjavik Declaration – United around our values 

Memorandum of the European Court of Human Rights

Grand Chamber

  • Forthcoming deliveries

    25/05/2023 

    The Court will be delivering two Grand Chamber rulings on 1 June 2023.

    The case Fu Quan S. R. O. v. the Czech Republic concerns the seizure of property amounting to nearly 2.4 million euros belonging to the applicant company in the course of a tax evasion investigation and trial. It was held for five years.

    The case Grosam v. the Czech Republic concerns the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Administrative Court’s issuing a fine in disciplinary proceedings to the applicant for professional misconduct, and his subsequent appeal to the Constitutional Court. 

    Press release

    Country profile – Czech Republic

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  • Referral requests

    23/05/2023 

    On 22 May 2023, the Grand Chamber panel of five judges decided to reject all 8 requests for referral to the Grand Chamber.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

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Other Information

  • 3rd International Human Rights Forum

    26/05/2023 
    3rd International Human Rights Forum

    On 25-26 May 2023 President Síofra O’Leary attended the 3rd International Human Rights Forum held at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in San José, Costa Rica. She was accompanied by Arnfinn Bårdsen, Section President, and Judges Anja Seibert-Fohr, María Elósegui and Darian Pavli.

    Judges from the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights who took part in the Forum exchanged views on the following topics: judicial independence and rule of law; and environment, climate change, and human rights.

    The delegation of the Court also attended a public seminar on the topic “Regional systems of human rights protection and their challenges”, where President O’Leary intervened.

    Video of the seminar

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  • Moot Court Winner 2023

    26/05/2023 
    Moot Court Winner 2023

    The team from the University of Maastricht was declared winner of the 11th edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention of Human Rights. 18 university teams from 10 countries were competing to win a fictitious case related to gestational surrogacy from 22 to 26 May 2023.

    This competition is organised jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Law Students Association (ELSA).

    More information

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Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Croatia

    30/05/2023 
    Judgment concerning Croatia

    In the case of Mesić v. Croatia (no. 2) the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to respect for private life.

    The case concerned an article published in February 2015 by an Internet news portal Dnevno.hr suggesting that the applicant, a former President of Croatia, had, during his term of office, been offered or taken bribes in relation to the procurement of armoured vehicles for the Croatian army from a Finnish company.

    The Court found that the article had not targeted the applicant’s private life but had referred to his conduct in the exercise of his official duties and, in reporting what had been stated in official documents, had not unambiguously stated that he had participated in criminal activities. It also found that the Croatian courts had struck a fair balance between the applicant’s right to respect for his private life and the right of the news portal to freedom of expression.

    Press release

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Judgments&Decision

Delivered Judgments & Decisions

Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions