Georgia amends legislation following European Court case

13 November 2014

The far-reaching effects of EHRAC’s landmark case Kiladze v Georgia  and then Burdiashvili v Georgia (communicated on 23 September 2013) have extended all the way to Georgia’s national legislation.

Kiladze paved the way for up to 20,000 victims of Soviet-era repression to receive financial compensation in 2010. But on 31 October 2014, in response to the Burdiashvili case, and taking into account recommendations submitted by EHRAC and GYLA to the Committee of Minsters, Georgian law was amended again to enable victims to receive higher awards, and now applications can be lodged by the victim, his/her first generation heir or an appointed representative. People will now also be able to lodge applications at a choice of district courts. Once the amendments come into force on 1 January 2015, the intended effect will be that the survivors of Soviet repression or their heirs in Georgia will be awarded more adequate compensation than current practice allows.

The examination of the case by the Committee of Ministers was closed on 12 March 2015, after they had been satisfied that all the measures required by the judgment had indeed been adopted.