Monday, 29 June 2015

New Judges Elected in Strasbourg

Last week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected four new judges to the European Court of Human Rights. These elections followed the recommendations of the Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights. 

In respect of Armenia, Mr Armen Harutyunyan was elected. Mr Harutyunyan is the former Ombudsperson of Armenia and currently heads the Central Asia regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as of the UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine.

In respect of Latvia, Mr Mārtiņš Mits as elected. Mr Mits is the current Prorector of Riga Graduate School of Law. Formerly, he was also a member of the Constitutional Rights Committee of the President of the Republic of Latvia.


In respect of Luxembourg, the newly elected judge is Mr Georges Ravarani. Mr Ravarani is currently both the President of the Luxembourg Administrative Court (the administrative supreme court) and the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Luxembourg.

In respect of Monaco, PACE elected Ms Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström. Ms Mourou-Vikström is the President of Children’s Tribunal and member of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).

With these four new judges, a good mix of representatives from the judiciary, academia, and national and international human rights institutions will add their expertise to the Court's work.



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Inaugural Lecture

After an hiatus, due to the preparation of my inaugural lecture last week, I am back at blogging. My inaugural lecture as professor of human rights at Utrecht University, dealing with human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective, is now available on the SIM website: 'Human Rights for Foxes and Hedgehogs' (for international readers: only the start and ending are in Dutch/French, but the core of the lecture is fully in English).

Monday, 8 June 2015

New Book on Fundamental Rights in the EU and ECHR

Sonia Morano-Foadi and Lucy Vickers, both based at Oxford Brookes University, have edited a new volume on the relationship between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts. It is entitled 'Fundamental Rights in the EU. A Matter for Two Courts' and has been published at Hart Publishing. This is the abstract:

This collection joins the new and expanding scholarship on the protection of fundamental rights in Europe and reflects on the relationship between the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The book questions whether the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty align the CJEU to the ECtHR's interpretation and methods, triggering different processes of institutionalisation within a coherent European system. These issues are explored through a contextual analysis of areas of law such as equality rights in employment law, citizenship and migration, internet law and access to justice. This volume includes perspectives from the scholarly community as well as practitioners, judges and European policy makers. It also examines the state of accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and considers the legal implications of the accession for the protection of the fundamental rights of EU citizens and individuals legally residing in Europe. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

New ECHR Publications

Please find below a new update of recent ECHR-related articles and other writings:

* Stephan Hollenberg, 'The Diverging Approaches of the European Court of Human Rights in the Cases of Nada and Al-Dulimi', International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 64, no. 2 (2015).  

* Paul Johnson, '“The Choice of Wording must be Regarded as Deliberate”: Same-sex Marriage and Article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights', European Law Reviewvol. 40 (2015) pp. 207-214.

* Hana Müllerová, 'Environment Playing Short-handed: Margin of Appreciation in Environmental Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, vol. 24, no. 1 (2015).

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New Book on ECHR and European Consensus

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Surrey), who has guest posted on this blog before, has just published a new book on one of the areas in which he is a specialist, the notion of European consensus in the case-law of the Court. The book, entitled 'European Consensus and the Legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights'was published with Cambridge University Press. It does not just build on jurisprudence, but includes findings from a large numbers of interviews with the ECHR judges themselves. This is the abstract:


In order to be effective, international tribunals should be perceived as legitimate adjudicators. European Consensus and the Legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights provides in-depth analyses on whether European consensus is capable of enhancing the legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Focusing on the method and value of European consensus, it examines the practicalities of consensus identification and application and discusses whether State-counting is appropriate in human rights adjudication. With over 30 interviews from judges of the ECtHR and qualitative analyses of the case law, this book gives readers access to firsthand and up-to-date information and provides an understanding of how the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg interprets the European Convention on Human Rights.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Call for Tenders on Support to ECHR Effectiveness at National Level

The Council of Europe has issued a call for tenders to evaluate the effectiveness of the Council of Europe support to the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level. The consultancy will focus on the following countries: Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and 'the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'. Here is the announcement of the tender:

The Directorate of Internal Oversight is pleased to inform you that it intends to avail itself of consultants’ services for the evaluation of ‘effectiveness of the Council of Europe support to the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at national level for 2015 – 2016’.

We hereby invite you to submit a proposal within an open consultation procedure, respecting the tenders file. The deadline for sending the proposals to the Council of Europe office in Strasbourg is 27 May 2015. Failure to submit a proposal containing all the required information and documentation within the deadline specified shall lead to the rejection of the proposal.

Please note that all services, material and reports related to this contract will have to be provided in English. The deadline to submit has been extended to 27 May.

The full tender information can be found here.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Five New Judges Elected to the Court

This week the Parliamentary Assembly elected five new judges to serve on the European Court of Human Rights, in respect of Finland, Austria, Ireland, Andorra, and Liechtenstein. This will mean a renewal of part of the Court, but also a loss of experience. Especially the stepping back of Josep Casadevall (Andorra), one of the Court's vice-presidents and serving on the Court since 1996(!), will be felt.

The new judges (three women, two men) are (links to full press release and CV for each person included): 
Pauliine Koskelo, judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Finland
Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Austria
PerePastor Vilanova, judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Andorra
Carlo Ranzoni, judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Liechtenstein
Síofra O’Leary, judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Ireland.

·    Good luck to all of them when taking up their new positions in the coming year! 
         

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Summer School Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe

The universities of Bologna and Strasbourg and King's College London are again co-organising a Summer School on "The Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe". The Summer School is held from 28 June to 3 July in the castle of the beautiful Rocca di Bertinoro. This is the description the organisers provided:

The Summer School aims to provide graduates, practitioners and young researchers (Ph.D. candidates) with an in depth background of the protection of fundamental rights at European level. The general courses are about the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The single modules tackle topics alike asylum and migration, EU citizenship, relationship between the CJEU and the ECHR, the margin of appreciation doctrine, constitutional transitions and religious freedom. The course is composed by 30 hours of frontal lectures from Monday to Friday 9-13 and 15-17. The teaching method encourages students to have a proactive dialogue with lecturers.

Registration can be done from early May onwards through the website of the University of Bologna here.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Conference on ECHR and General International Law

The European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law are jointly organising a conference on "The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law". The conference will be held on 5 June in the building of the European Court in Strasbourg. The programme includes presentations by a large number of judges from the Court itself, as well as from colleagues from the International Court of Justice, and a number of leading scholars of human rights and public international law. You can find more information on the conference, including on how to register for it, here.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

European Court Recruiting New Registrar

The European Court of Human Rights has opened a vacancy for its highest position below the judges: the registrar. The Court is currently looking for a candidate to succeed to the current registrar. The registrar leads the administrative and judicial support apparatus of the Court consisting of around 650 people, responsible for the processing of individual complaints and for preparing them for adjudication. Here are some of the key tasks to be performed by the Registrar according to the vacancy:

-          assists the Court in the performance of its functions and is responsible for the organisation and activities of the Registry;
-          provides leadership and direction to staff by maintaining a harmonious and efficient working environment within the Registry so as to ensure that the Registry provides effective assistance to the Court;
-          determines the overall staff and budgetary policy; retains an overview and takes decisions on staff and budgetary matters;
-          upholds contact with the highest levels of authority in the Council of Europe, notably in relation to matters affecting staff and budget policy;
-          develops an effective communications policy, in accordance with the instructions of the Court, notably in relation to the media, the general and specialised public and other international and national courts;
-          advises the Court on practice and procedure;
-          represents the Registry and, on the instructions of the President, the Court.

The registrar is elected by the plenary of the Court and appointed by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. A registrar is appointed for a renewable term of five years. Please find an organizational chart of the Court itself, including the place of the registrar, here. Those interested in the vacancy should apply before 27 May 2015.