Chamber judgments concerning Germany

HRB Ceiling


In the cases of Tlapak and Others v. Germany and Wetjen and Others v. Germany, the Court found that there had been no violation of the Convention.

Four families belonging to the religious movement the “Twelve Tribes” (Zwölf Stämme) had complained about the partial withdrawal of parental authority and the placement of the children in alternative care. The measures had been taken by the German courts because of the caning inflicted by members of the movement on their children.

The Court held that even though those measures constituted a very serious interference with the applicants’ right to respect for their family life, the German courts’ decisions had been based on a risk of inhuman and degrading treatment, which was prohibited in absolute terms by the Convention.

Wetjen and Others v. Germany and Tlapak and Others v. Germany (in German)

Factsheet: Parental Rights Factsheet: Protection of minors

Grand Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Croatia


    In the cases of Radomilja and Others v. Croatia and Jakeljić v. Croatia the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention. The cases concerned domestic court decisions refusing to recognise claims of acquisition of land by adverse possession.

    Press release

    Country profile : Croatia


Other information

  • Publications ECHR-FRA


    The Court and the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union) have jointly published a number of handbooks on European case-law in areas such as non-discrimination, asylum, borders and immigration, rights of the child, access to justice or data protection. All these studies have been translated into many languages of Council of Europe member States. Today they have published an up-dated edition of the English version of the Handbook on European non-discrimination law.



Official Visit

  • Visit to Paris

    Visit to Paris

    On 16 March 2018 President Guido Raimondi was received by Nicole Belloubet, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice of France. He was accompanied by Patrick Titiun, Head of his Private Office.



  • Forthcoming hearing

    Forthcoming hearing

    The Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Güzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey on 28 March 2018.

    The case concerns the death of the applicants’ relatives, who were shot dead in 2005 in Cyprus in the area of the island controlled by the Cypriot authorities.

    Press release

    Calendar of hearings



  • Judgments concerning Turkey

    Judgments concerning Turkey

    In the cases of Şahin Alpay v. Turkey and Mehmet Hasan Altan v. Turkey, the Court found in both cases that there had been violations of the right to liberty and security and of the right to freedom of expression.

    Şahin Alpay was a journalist for the daily Zaman, considered as the main publication of the “Gülenist” network; Mehmet Hasan Altan, an economics teacher and journalist, presented a political discussion programme on the channel Can Erzincan TV. Following the attempted military coup in 2016 in Turkey, the applicants were arrested and remanded in custody.

    Press releases:

    Şahin Alpay v. Turkey

    Mehmet Hasan Altan v. Turkey

  • Revision request


    The Court has rejected a request by Ireland to revise a 1978 judgment and find that men detained by the United Kingdom during Northern Ireland’s civil strife suffered torture, not just inhuman and degrading treatment.

    Press release



  • Conference on Comparative human rights

    Conference on Comparative human rights

    A conference on Comparative human rights was held at the ECHR on 8 and 9 March 2018. A number of eminent speakers addressed the conference on the following topics: “Human rights: a regional concept?”, “Human rights: what universality?”, “Enforcement and effectiveness of human rights” and “The relevance of a world court of human rights”.

    The event was organised by the ECHR in cooperation with the Centre des études internationales et européennes, the International Academy of Comparative Law and the Fondation René Cassin.


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Delivered Judgments & Decisions

Forthcoming Judgments & Decisions