Important Decisions

Disbarrement of a lawyer by a bar association because he criticized a public judge for tarnishing the reputation of the judiciary. Violation of freedom of expression and privacy.

JUDGMENT Bagirov v. Azerbaijan  25.06.2020 (no. 81024/12 and 28198/15) see here  SUMMARY Disbarrement of a lawyer by a Bar Association. Lawyer’s confidentiality duty. Freedom of expression and the right to privacy. The applicant, a lawyer by profession, disclosed the cause of death of his client’s son. He was suspended from practising law for one year, for […]

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Child protection associations. Autonomous de facto right to represent abused children for recourse before the ECtHR

JUDGMENT Association Innocence en Danger and Association Enfance et Partage v. France 04.06.2020 (no. 15343/15 and 16806/15) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the death in 2009 of an eight-year-old girl (M.) as a result of abuse by her parents. The applications were lodged by two French child protection associations. The Court found that the “report […]

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The request for an examination of a witness must include why it is a) important to examine the witness and b) necessary to prove the truth.

JUDGMENT Zirnīte v. Latvia 11.06.2020 (no.  69019/11) see here   SUMMARY Request and right to examine witnesses. Conditions. Proper penalty for confiscation of assets. The applicant was charged with embezzlement and money laundering. She was acquitted in the first instance, but in an appeal filed by the Prosecutor, the Court of Appeal annulled the first instance […]

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Business license is property protected by the European Convention of Human Rights

JUDGMENT Gospodăria țărănească Chiper Terenti Grigore v. Democracy of Moldova 02.06.2020 (no. 71130/13) see here  SUMMARY Limits of state intervention in business activity. Mining operation permit is conceptually included in the property. The applicant company is engaged in the extraction of limestone, gravel and sand. In an investigation conducted by the competent Attorney General, the […]

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Return, after a court decision with a delay, of confiscated drinks, when they became unsuitable for consumption. Violation of property rights

JUDGMENT Avendi OOD v. Bulgaria 04.06.2020 (no. 48786/09) βλ. εδώ  SUMMARY Seizure of goods in criminal proceedings. Irrevocable decision on their return. Delay in their return. Right to property. The applicant company is active in the trade of alcoholic beverages. After  search  26,748 liqueur bottles of Baileys was confiscated because they did not bear the […]

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Expropriation. Attorneys have the right to file a direct action to seek redress and the attorney’s fees.

JUDGMENT Kandarakis v. Greece 11.06.2020 (no. 48345/12, 48348/12 and 67463/12) see here SUMMARY Payment of legal remuneration and court costs. Right of access. Lawyers’ rights. Rejection, for lack of active legal standing, of the lawyers claim who represented their clients in a case of expropriation. The lawyers demanded that the debtor company deposit the awarded […]

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The delay in the return of unduly paid taxes and the unnecessary judicial actions of the tax authorities violated the right to property of the taxpayer!

JUDGMENT Antonov v. Bulgaria  28.05.2020 (appl. no. 58364/10) see here  SUMMARY Tax refund and delay in court decision enforcement. A large amount of taxes was wrongly charged to the applicant. He appealed before the domestic courts, which acquitted him and ordered the competent tax authority to return the money. Nevertheless, the tax authority, without providing […]

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Civil conviction for embezzlement against a former prime minister against whom the criminal proceedings had been suspended due to statute of limitations. Violation of presumption of innocence

JUDGMENT Farzaliyev v. Azerbaijan 28.05.2020 (no. 29620/07) see here SUMMARY The case concerned proceedings brought against the applicant, the former Prime Minister of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan (“the NAR”), for allegedly embezzling public funds. He was never convicted of an offence in criminal proceedings, but was subsequently ordered to pay compensation in civil […]

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The state’s refusal to grant an immigrant legal status, even that of a stateless person, violated his private life.

JUDGMENT Sudita Keita v. Hungary 12.05.2020 (no. 42321/15) see here SUMMARY Unlawful legal situation and consequences in his private life. The applicant, of non-native, Somali and Nigerian descent, entered Hungary in 2002. His efforts to determine his legal status were unsuccessful. He was recognized as a stateless person only in 2017 and only because in […]

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Prosecutors and judges have the right to criticize legal reforms and cases regarding their independence

JUDGMENT Kövesi v. Romania 05.05.2020 (no. 3594/19) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s removal as the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate before the end of her second term following her criticism of legislative reforms in the area of corruption. She alleged that she had also been unable to challenge that decision […]

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