ECHR Decisions


The passive and ineffective attitude of a lawyer appointed to a case of involuntary incarceration of a patient in a psychiatric hospital does not fulfill the procedural guarantees under Article 5 of the ECHR

JUDGMENT Čutura v. Croatia 10.01.2019 (no.55942/15) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned a court order to keep the applicant in a psychiatric hospital where he had been placed after it had been found in the criminal proceedings that he had uttered threats in a state of mental derangement. The Court found in particular that the […]

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The unilateral presentation of a private commercial activity of a Parliamentary election candidate has violated his privacy and is not protected by the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Prunea v. Romania 08.01.2019 (no. 47881/11) see here SUMMARY  Freedom of expression and protection of privacy. Defamation of a Parliamentary election candidate through allegations that he has not repaid a loan he received for his election campaign. Compensation for damages from national courts. No violation of the freedom of expression, since the applicant did not […]

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The involvement of army officers in a court adjudicating a soldier’s lawsuit against the army makes the court non-impartial and independent

JUDGMENT  Β.Ι. v. Turkey 11.12.2018 (no.18308/10) see here   SUMMARY  Non-independent and impartial tribunal. The involvement of officers serving in military units in a court which examined a soldier’s appeal against the army can not guarantee the impartiality and independence of the tribunal. These officers remain in the service of the army, are remunerated by it, […]

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Visiting restrictions, the existence of a glass partition and the presence of a guard during family visits and the great distance of the prison facility from the relatives’ residence violate the prisoner’s right to his / her family life

JUDGMENT  Resin v. Russia 18.12.2018 (no. 9348/14) see here   SUMMARY  Rights of prisoners in family life. The limited number of relatives in the applicant’s visit, the existence of a glass partition in the visitor room, the constant supervision of his relatives ‘visits by the prison staff and the great distance of the prison (7,000 km) […]

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The bureaucratic sufferings of a car owner who, due to the mistake of the authorities, registered his car’s engine number as stolen and the solution of Strasbourg

JUDGMENT  Arutyunov v. Russia 18.12.2018 (no. 5552/06) see here   SUMMARY Right to peaceful enjoyment of property. The applicant had bought a car in 1998 without him having the slightest problem. When he decided to transfer it in 2003, the Russian Ministry of Transport refused to register the transfer because his car was on a […]

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Children’s refusal to return to their mother and their manipulation by the father does not exempt the authorities from taking the necessary measures to restore family ties. Failure to enforce judgments for custody violates the right to family life.

JUDGMENT  R.Ι. and others v. Romania 4.12.2018 (no. 57077/16) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned a woman who was given custody of her two children but who was not able to enforce the orders, which left the children with the father. While accepting that the authorities had been placed in a difficult position given opposition […]

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Unprecedented lifelong exclusion of a Ukrainian lawyer from the representation of the applicants before the European Court of Human Rights due to forgery of documents and filing of applications by dead persons

Judgment of 12.12.2018 Exclusion of a Ukrainian lawyer The European Court of Human Rights has decided, under Rule 36 § 4 (b) of the Rules of Court, that a Ukrainian lawyer, Nataliya Yevgenivna Tselovalnichenko, should be permanently prohibited from representing or otherwise assisting applicants in both pending and future applications. Out of concern not to […]

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Expulsion of Turkish from Germany following his convictions regarding drugs. Non-integration into German society. It is necessary for society to expel him

JUDGMENT Cabucak v. Germany  20.12.2018  (no. 18706/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s expulsion to Turkey by the German authorities following several criminal convictions. The Court found in particular that Mr Cabucak had sufficiently demonstrated that he enjoyed a relationship on a regular basis with his daughter which constituted family life within the […]

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