Article 8

Unauthorized consent to obtain a DNA sample is equivalent to non-consent. Taking a saliva without real consent violates the right to privacy

JUDGMENT Dragan Petrovic v. Serbia 14.04.2020 (no. 75229/10) see here SUMMARY The case concerned a police search of the applicant’s flat and the taking of a DNA sample during a murder investigation. The Court found in particular that the search warrant had been specific enough and had been attended by adequate and effective safeguards against […]

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Not allowing a detainee to attend his mother’s funeral and mot allowing his sister to visit him violated his family’s life.

JUDGMENT Kosenko v. Russia 17.03.2020 (no. 15669/13 and 76140/13) see here SUMMARY  Detainees’ rights. Not granting permission to a prisoner with psychiatric problems to attend his mother’s funeral and not granting permission for a visit to his sister. According to the ECtHR, the applicant’s pre-trial detention was not incompatible with his psychiatric health condition, given […]

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The alienation of troubled parents from their children has violated their family life

JUDGMENT Hernehult v. Norway 10.3.2020  (no. 14652/16) and Pedersen and others v. Norway 10.3.2020 (no.  39710/15) SUMMARY Right to family life, incomplete communication, lack of effort to reunite minor children with their parents. The applicants in both cases are parents of 3 children and 1 child respectively. Due to mental illness, both were deemed inappropriate […]

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Red card to Platini from Strasbourg! The penalty imposed on him was proportional

JUDGMENT Platini v. Switzerland 05.03.2020 (no. 526/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerned Michel Platini, a former professional football player, president of UEFA and vice-president of FIFA. Disciplinary proceedings had been brought against him in respect of a salary “supplement” of 2 million Swiss francs (CHF), received in 2011 in the context of a verbal […]

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Annulement of university degrees due to administrative flaws and omissions of the University violated the privacy of students

JUDGMENT Convertito and others v. Romania 03.03.2020 (no. 30547/14) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the annulment, owing to administrative flaws, of State degrees in dentistry obtained by the applicants in Romania. The Court noted that the decisions to enrol the students in the first year of higher education had been issued and signed by […]

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Addicted mother of three. Removal of parental authority was disproportionate and violated her family life

JUDGMENT Y.I. v. Russia 25.2.2020 (no. 68868/14) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint about being deprived of her parental authority in respect of her three children because she was a drug addict. Drug addiction is a ground for removing parental authority under the Russian Family Code, and entailed her losing all contact […]

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The storage of personal data by telecommunications companies does not violate the right to privacy

JUDGMENT Breyer v. Germany 30.01.2020  (no. 50001/12) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the storage of pre-paid SIM card users’ data by telecommunications companies. The Court found in particular that collecting the applicants’ names and addresses as users of pre-paid SIM cards had amounted to a limited interference with their rights. The law in question […]

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Indefinite retention of DNA, fingerprints and photos of a convicted violated his privacy rights

JUDGMENT  Gaughran v. United Kingdom 13.02.2020 (no. 45245/15) see here  SUMMARY The case  concerned a complaint about the indefinite retention of personal data (DNA profile, fingerprints and photograph) of a man who had a spent conviction for driving with excess alcohol in Northern Ireland. The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: […]

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The Court protects lawyers from arbitrary investigations and seizures

JUDGMENT Kruglov and others v. Russia  30.01.2020 (no. 11264/04 and 15 applications)  see here  SUMMARY Investigations in law firms and homes. Protection of professional secrecy. Necessary institutional guarantees. The seizure of computers and hard drives violates the right to property. The applicants are lawyers. In order to gather evidence for a criminal investigation, a search […]

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Yukos affair and Putin statements. A series of violations against the accused. Multiple Russian condemnation of ECHR violations

JUDGMENT Khodorkovskiy  and Lebedev v. Russia  14.01.2020 (n. 2) (appl. no. 51111/07 and 42757/07) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the second trial of former Yukos executives Mikhail Khodorkovskiy and Platon Lebedev. The European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been breaches of the applicants’ right to a fair trial under Article […]

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