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Opening of the Judicial Year 2022

24/06/2022

The official opening of the judicial year of the ECHR took place on 24 June 2022. The event included a judicial seminar on the topic Human rights protection in the time of the pandemic: new challenges and new perspectives, attended by leading figures from the European judicial circles.

This was followed by the ceremony to mark the official opening of the judicial year 2022. President of the Court, Robert Spano, and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, addressed representatives from the highest courts of the member States of the Council of Europe and from local, national and international authorities.

The guest of honour at this year’s opening ceremony was Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

Press release Speech by President Katerina Sakellaropoulou Speech by President Robert Spano 

Video of the Seminar: Original language - English  Video of the solemn hearing: Original language - English

P15

Protocol No. 15 to the Convention reduces from 6 to 4 months the time-limit for lodging an application before the Court after the final domestic decision taken in the framework of the exhaustion of domestic remedies. This new four-month time-limit came into force on 1 February 2022. However, it only applies to applications in which the final domestic decision in question was taken on or after 1 February 2022. This change of time-limit was adopted by the (then) 47 member States of the Council of Europe.

Decisions

  • Inadmissibility decision concerning the United Kingdom

    23/06/2022 

    The ECHR has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Jordan v. the United Kingdom,

    The application concerned the investigation into the death of the applicant’s son who was shot and killed by an officer of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1992. 

    As no new aspects or issues had arisen in the facts of this case, and as the Court had already found a violation of the procedural limb of the right to life, which included a finding that the investigation had not been started promptly and had not been carried out quickly enough, it did not have jurisdiction to now re-examine the issue of investigative delay.

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Grand Chamber

  • Referral requests

    20/06/2022 

    On 20 June 2022, the Grand Chamber panel of five judges decided to reject all seven requests for referral to the Grand Chamber.

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Other Information

  • René Cassin competition 2022

    17/06/2022 
    René Cassin competition 2022

    Students from the University of Strasbourg have been declared the winners of the 2022 René Cassin advocacy competition for law students after beating a rival team from the University of Lausanne.

    The final round of the 37th René Cassin competition in French took place at the Court on 17 June 2022 before the jury made up of judges of the ECHR, lawyers, academics and representatives of the competition’s partner institutions. It was chaired by Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, Section President at the Court.

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Official Visit by H.M. The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Slovakia

    23/06/2022 
    Judgment concerning Slovakia

    In the case of Haščák v. Slovakia the ECHR held that there had been a violation of the right to respect for private and family life.
    The case concerned a surveillance operation (“the Gorilla operation”) carried out in 2005 and 2006
    by the Slovak Intelligence Service and the intelligence material obtained by it.
    The Court found the deficiencies in the applicable rules and procedures and the lack of external oversight of both the SIS operation and the retention by the SIS of some of the resulting data, and that both had thus not been in accordance with the law for the Convention purposes.

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    Factsheet: Mass surveillance

    Factsheet: Protection of personal data

     


     

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  • Judgment concerning Türkiye

    21/06/2022 

    In the case of M.N. and Others v. Türkiye, the Court found that the deportation of Tajiks in an irregular situation would not violate the Convention. It found that the applicants had failed to establish that they would run a risk of persecution or treatment contrary to the prohibition of torture if returned to Tajikistan, either because of any political or social activity in their country of origin or because of the conditions of their arrest in Turkey. The ECHR also instructed the Government not to deport the applicants until the judgment in this case had become final.

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Official Visits

  • Official visit by the President of the Hellenic Republic

    24/06/2022 

    On 24 June 2022, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the Hellenic Republic, paid an official visit to the Court and was received by President Robert Spano. Ioannis Ktistakis, judge elected in respect of Greece, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by H.M. The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands to the ECHR

    23/06/2022 
    Visit by H.M. The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands to the ECHR

    His Majesty The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands paid an official visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 23 June 2022 and was received by President Robert Spano. Jolien Schukking, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Presidents of the Constitutional Court and of the Court of Cassation of Armenia

    23/06/2022 
    Presidents of the Constitutional Court and of the Court of Cassation of Armenia

    On 23 June 2022, Arman Dilanyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, and Lilit Tadevosyan, President of the Court of Cassation of Armenia, visited the Court and were received by President Robert Spano. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

     

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  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    23/06/2022 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    On 23 June 2022, Vsevolod Kniaziev, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, was received by President Robert Spano. Ganna Yudkivska, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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Hearings

  • Forthcoming hearing

    01/06/2022 
    Forthcoming hearing

    The Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Sanchez v. France on 29 June 2022.

    The case concerns the criminal conviction of the applicant, at the time a local councillor who was standing for election to Parliament, for incitement to hatred or violence against a group of people or an individual on the grounds of their membership of a specific religion, following his failure to take prompt action in deleting comments posted by others on the wall of his Facebook account.

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    Calendar of hearings

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