European Convention on Human Rights

Access to information in order to speak freely: Is this a right under the European Convention?

Access to information in order to speak freely: Is this a right under the European Convention?

If access to government information is “necessary” for you to investigate and communicate about matters of “obvious public interest”, you may have a right to that information, according to the...
Ahmed v United Kingdom: European Court of Human Rights Still Skirting Around Jury Bias

Ahmed v United Kingdom: European Court of Human Rights Still Skirting Around Jury Bias

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) recently handed down its long-awaited admissibility decision in Ahmed v United Kingdom. It unanimously declared that the defendant’s claim, that at least one...
European Court of Human Rights to Consider Right to Education

European Court of Human Rights to Consider Right to Education

James Rooney is one of the Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and...
Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, requesting details about the Government’s proposal to derogate from the...
Analysing Proposals for a ‘Presumption to Derogate’ from Human Rights Laws in Armed Conflicts

Analysing Proposals for a ‘Presumption to Derogate’ from Human Rights Laws in Armed Conflicts

On 4 October 2016, The Guardian reported that the UK Government will introduce plans to suspend the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to the UK’s armed...
The ‘Burkini Ban’ – A Red Line even for the European Court of Human Rights?

The ‘Burkini Ban’ – A Red Line even for the European Court of Human Rights?

The decision of several authorities in France to prohibit the wearing of the burkini on public beaches has caused considerable controversy. Within France, the ‘burkini ban’ has been justified primarily...
European Court of Human Rights Rules on Greek Debt Restructuring

European Court of Human Rights Rules on Greek Debt Restructuring

There is a seemingly endless stream of cases originating from the Greek crisis, which has preoccupied the national, European, and international courts and bodies alike. The judgment delivered by the...
Online Speech in Hungary before the Strasbourg Court: Freeing the Low

Online Speech in Hungary before the Strasbourg Court: Freeing the Low

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in MTE and Index.hu v Hungary (“MTE/Index”) issued a decision protecting free speech in the form of user-generated online comments. In particular, the...
Trafficking of human beings at the ECtHR: Broadening the protection of women and girls through Article 14

Trafficking of human beings at the ECtHR: Broadening the protection of women and girls through Article 14

Two Spanish cases currently pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) illustrate the gaping lacuna in the protections extended to trafficked women on the continent. They also, however,...
Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France: A New “Respect” for Private Life?

Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France: A New “Respect” for Private Life?

On 10 November 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down judgment in the case of Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v France. The...
Can a State Refuse Migrant Family Allowances Due to Irregular Reunification?

Can a State Refuse Migrant Family Allowances Due to Irregular Reunification?

In Osungu and Lokongo v. France (delivered on 8/9/2015), the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) rejected as “manifestly ill-founded” two applications submitted by Congolese regular migrants. The proceedings...
The Meaning of Life Imprisonment – The Case of Khoroshenko v. Russia

The Meaning of Life Imprisonment – The Case of Khoroshenko v. Russia

Life imprisonment is a harsh sanction that is used in most countries in the world. Evidence from treaty bodies, such as the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, suggests...

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