JUDGMENT Vladimir Kharitonov (no. 10795/14), OOO Flavus and others (no. 12468/15, 23489/15 and 19074/16), Bulgakov (no. 20159/15) and Engels v. Russia 23.06.2020 (no.61919/16). see here SUMMARY Internet and freedom of expression. Arbitrarily blocking of websites. The cases concerned different types of blocking measures, including “collateral” blocking (where the IP address that was blocked was shared […]
A scientist was denied the title of forensic expert due to a ministerial decision decause of his posts on his personal blog. Violation of freedom of expression and fair trial due to lack of hearing.
JUDGMENT Cimperšek v. Slovenia 30.6.2020 (no. 58512/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the rejection by the Minister of Justice of Mr Cimperšek’s application to become a court expert owing to a lack of the required personal qualities. The Minister referred to the contents of Mr Cimperšek’s blog and emails he had sent to complain […]
Criticism of a company by a CEO of another company regarding his way of performing his duties is protected by the freedom of expression. Criticism against important companies can be overwhelming.
JUDGMENT Petro Carbo Chem S.E. v. Romania 30.06.2020 (no. 21768/12) see here SUMMARY The case concerned a civil court order issued to the applicant company to pay symbolic compensation to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Oltchim company (which was the largest chemicals factory in Romania) for criticising the CEO’s management of the company […]
Dr. Andraž Teršek, Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Education, University of Primorska and European Faculty of Law, New University Foreword On the 5th of June (2020) I have concluded my article titled “Constitutional Remarks on Understanding Freedom of Expression and the Concept of “Hate Speech” in Slovenia – and in Europe,” published on […]
Different disabilities benefits to paraplegic citizens and war veterans. Logical and reasoned distinction of benefits. Non-violation of the ECHR
JUDGMENT Popović and others v. Serbia 30.6.2020 (no. 26944/13, 14616/16, 14619/16 and 22233/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicants’ complaint that the domestic legislation on disability benefits for paraplegics was discriminatory. They alleged in particular that paraplegic civilians such as themselves were awarded fewer benefits than war veterans with the same disability. The […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Personal hearing of an applicant consists the basis of a fair trial. The Court does not justify the ban even regarding an individual who seduced a mentally retarded woman
JUDGMENT Evers v. Germany 28.05.2020 (no. 17895/14) see here SUMMARY Personal hearing of an applicant, access to a case file, reason for a decision and a fair trial. The applicant was charged with sexual abuse of his ancestor, who was diagnosed with mental retardation. The domestic courts, following legal proceedings initiated by the commissioner, prohibited […]
The birth certificate, which implied that the child had not been baptized, violated the family’s right not to disclose their religious beliefs.
JUDGMENT Stavropoulos and others v. Greece 25.06.2020 (no. 52484/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the practice of certain registry offices in Greece indicating on birth certificates when a child is named by a civil act. Stavroula-Dorothea Stavropoulou and her parents, the applicants in the case, complained in particular that the handwritten note “naming” on […]