February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 prevented from voting in ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Greece's new government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, vowed Monday to extend legal status to same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos in a speech before the Greek parliament stated that country's civil partnership laws will be extended to same-sex couples. In 2013 the ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the methodology used by British courts to determine whether to mitigate whole-life sentences does not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars inhuman and degrading treatment. Arthur Hutchinson was seeking ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by William Helbling
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca in eastern Iraq. Hassan's brother claimed that ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European rights court after the Ireland high court ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that Russia must pay 1.9 million euros, or $2.6 million, to the families of 36 Chechen men who disappeared between 2000 and 2006. The court found that Russia was in violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 and 13 of the European Convention on ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Wednesday that children of married couples in Italy must be allowed to carry their mother's surname. The court found that restricting a child's surname to that of its father violated Article 8 (right to respect for private and family) and Article 14 ( ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
On Thursday the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) rejected a request by prosecutors to re-arrest nine individuals convicted of war crimes. The court ruled that since Bosnian law does not contain provisions for the re-arrest of someone already convicted of a crime, the European Convention on ...[read more]

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