European Convention on Human Rights

Arbitrary Blocking of Websites Violates Freedom of Expression, Rules ECtHR

Arbitrary Blocking of Websites Violates Freedom of Expression, Rules ECtHR

In June 2020, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a series of four judgements against the arbitrary blocking of websites by the Roskomnadzor, which is the Russian federal body...
Milieudefensie v Shell: Holding Carbon Majors Accountable for Human Rights Violations

Milieudefensie v Shell: Holding Carbon Majors Accountable for Human Rights Violations

“It is clear that the global climate crisis will worsen, with devastating implications for human rights, unless society changes direction.” […] “Corporations should comply with the Guiding Principles on Business...
Mandatory Vaccination in the Czech Republic does not Violate Human Rights

Mandatory Vaccination in the Czech Republic does not Violate Human Rights

Vavřička and Others v. the Czech Republic (8 April 2021) concerned the legal obligation of parents in the Czech Republic to vaccinate their children against ten diseases that are well-known...
Privacy at the Margins: France’s New Ban on the Hijab

Privacy at the Margins: France’s New Ban on the Hijab

On 30th March, less than a month after Switzerland held a plebiscite on banning the burqa and niqab in public spaces, the French Senate has moved to ban girls under...
The European Court of Human Rights develops important principles in pregnancy discrimination cases

The European Court of Human Rights develops important principles in pregnancy discrimination cases

More than 60 years after it started functioning, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has finally delivered its first two judgements on pregnancy discrimination. Even if these two judgements...
Coronavirus: States Derogating to Suspend Human Rights Obligations

Coronavirus: States Derogating to Suspend Human Rights Obligations

Governments around the world are taking decisive action to contain the spread of a novel coronavirus, (COVID-19), with heavy implications for human rights. Commentators have assessed containment measures in blogs...
Facial Recognition Technology: The High Court’s flawed approach to information privacy

Facial Recognition Technology: The High Court’s flawed approach to information privacy

In September 2019, the English High Court ruled the use of automated facial recognition technology (AFR) by South Wales Police Force was consistent with ECHR Article 8 and data protection...
A Gay Kiss on the Internet: Can Strasbourg Litigation Help Win the War Against Homophobia?

A Gay Kiss on the Internet: Can Strasbourg Litigation Help Win the War Against Homophobia?

On 14 January 2019, the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in Beizaras and Levickas v Lithuania, as a result...
Is There a Protection Vacuum in Contested Territories?

Is There a Protection Vacuum in Contested Territories?

The issue of ‘contested territories’ has become one of the main bones of contention with regard to how the human rights legal framework addresses the violation of human rights extraterritorially....
An ever-present past: The Troubles and Their Human Rights Dimension

An ever-present past: The Troubles and Their Human Rights Dimension

For the past few months, continental Europe has become increasingly aware of the intricacies surrounding Northern Ireland’s past. Yet, the perspective of the outsider, shaped by the Brexit negotiations, seems...
Beghal v UK: Stop and Search at the Border Violates Article 8 ECHR

Beghal v UK: Stop and Search at the Border Violates Article 8 ECHR

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows police officers at ports or border areas to question individuals for the purpose of determining whether they are a terrorist, as defined...
The Extremism Database is in Breach of the European Convention on Human Rights

The Extremism Database is in Breach of the European Convention on Human Rights

On 24 January 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR) delivered its judgment in the case of Catt v. the UK and found that police powers to retain...

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