Opening of the judicial year 2023
The official opening of the judicial year of the ECHR took place on 27 January 2023. The event included a seminar on the topic Judges preserving democracy through the protection of human rights, at which many eminent figures from European judicial circles were present.
This was followed by the ceremony to mark the official opening of the judicial year 2023. Síofra O’Leary, President of the Court, and Silvana Sciarra, President of the Constitutional Court of Italy, addressed representatives from the highest courts of the 46 member States of the Council of Europe and from local, national and international authorities.
Press Conference 2023
President Síofra O’Leary held a press conference that was streamed live on Internet.
The President of the Court gave an overview of the Court’s activities in 2022 and presented the statistics for the past year. Accompanied by Marialena Tsirli, Registrar, she then took questions from journalists.
Webcast of the Press conference:
Speech by President O’Leary (in French only)
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.
As announced in the Court’s press release of 29 August 2022, as from 1 September 2022 the Court has returned in some aspects to the normal processing of applications involving Ukraine. Due to the interruption of the international postal services to and from Ukraine, the Court will communicate with applicants via its electronic communication system, eComms. For that purpose, the Court will use the email address provided by the applicants. Regarding specifically the notification of decisions and judgments, where no email address has been provided the Court has exceptionally decided to notify the applicants about decisions and judgments adopted by its Chamber and Committee judicial formations only via its HUDOC database. Decisions adopted by the Single Judge will be notified only to those applicants who have provided an email address. Prior to contacting the Court about the state of the proceedings in a case, applicants are encouraged to consult the Court’s State of Proceedings search tool for further information.
Decision concerning an inter-State case25/01/2023
In the inter-State case of Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia the Court has declared the applications partly admissible.
The case concerns events in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Flight MH17.
Webcast of the hearing (26/01/2022)...
Judgment concerning Lithuania23/01/2023
In the case of Macatė v. Lithuania the Court held that there had been a violation of the freedom of expression.
This case concerned a book for nine-ten-year-olds written by an openly lesbian children’s author containing six stories based on traditional fairy tales but including characters from marginalised social groups and topics such as emigration and bullying. Two of the six fairy tales contain story lines of romantic relationships and marriages between persons of the same sex. Following a recommendation issued by the Inspectorate of Journalistic Ethics, the book was labelled by the publisher as possibly harmful to children under 14 years of age. The applicant, author of the book, died but her mother continued the proceedings before the ECHR in her place....
Judgment concerning France31/01/2023
In the case of Y v. France the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to respect for private and family life.
The applicant in this case, a biologically intersex person, complained about the domestic courts’ refusal to grant his request to have the word “neutral” or “intersex” entered on his birth certificate instead of “male”.
The Court held that, having regard to the discretion (“margin of appreciation”) enjoyed by the respondent State, France had not failed in its positive obligation to secure effective respect for the applicant’s private life....
Judgment concerning the Russian Federation31/01/2023
In the case of Kreyndlin and Others v. Russia the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition on inhuman or degrading treatment taken in conjunction with the prohibition of discrimination.
The case concerned a violent attack on Greenpeace workers in Krasnodar Region, which had potentially been prompted by their connection to Greenpeace or by the assumption they were foreign agents, and the subsequent investigation. The Court found that the investigation had been inadequate and incapable of deterring similar incidents, in particular as a full investigation had only been opened four years later, and it had failed to examine the potential hate motive behind the attack. The State had failed to comply with its obligation to furnish the necessary facilities for the examination of a case....
Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine27/01/2023
On 27 January 2023 Vsevolod Kniaziev, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Mykola Gnatovskyy, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain27/01/2023
On 27 January 2023 Inmaculada Montalbán Huertas, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. María Elósegui, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting....