EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Bulletin Summer 2018

This edition of the Bulletin includes articles on the 1 March 2008 protest in Armenia, the concept of collective punishment in reference to egregious human rights abuse in Chechnya, the future of the legal profession in Azerbaijan, and law and practice in the selection of human rights judges.

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Protected: Friendly settlements and unilateral declarations

1.8.18: There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Training packages for human rights defenders

1.8.18: EHRAC is developing a series of new training resources, specifically designed to be used by lawyers and NGOs.


Positive developments in Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect

25.7.18: In Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg Effect (Lauri Mälksoo and Wolfgang Benedek (eds.)), the authors explore the various ways in which the European Court has had a beneficial impact in Russia, summarised in our leading article by former intern Joyce Man.


Collective punishment in Chechnya

25.7.18: Cornelia Klocker (PhD Candidate, Birkbeck, University of London) examines the concept and practice of collective punishment in this context, and raises the question of whether it is time for the Council of Europe to act in the wake of yet another spate of reprisals against vilified groups in Chechnya.


Protocol 16 to the ECHR

25.7.18: On 1 August 2018, Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) enters into force in ten Council of Europe member states, including Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.


What now for lawyers in Azerbaijan?

25.7.18: Turning to domestic matters, Emin Abbasov, one of only a handful of human rights lawyers who dares to practise in Azerbaijan following a tightening of restrictions on the legal profession, asks what lies ahead for the Azerbaijani legal profession in light of the most recent package of repressive legislative reforms.


Law and Practice in the Selection of Human Rights Judges and Commissioners

25.7.18: Christian De Vos (OSJI) and Roisin Pillay (ICJ) analyse law and practice in the selection of human rights judges for international human rights mechanisms (including the Strasbourg Court), noting the general lack of criteria in place to guide the nomination of qualified, merit-based candidates at the national level.


The European Court and ‘secret’ state documents

9.4.18: On 9 April, EHRAC submitted a response to the consultation by the European Court of Human Rights’ Standing Committee on the Rules of the Court on the Treatment of Classified Documents.

Training resource

Explainer: Council of Europe Infringement Proceedings against Azerbaijan

26.2.18: EHRAC Legal Consultant Ramute Remezaite and Intern Jack Dahlsen explain what infringement proceedings are, and why it is significant that they have been initiated against Azerbaijan.

Case Summary

Tsezar and others v Ukraine

13.2.18: The applicants currently reside in Donetsk, outside of the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. They were recipients of social benefits. Due to the conflict, the domestic authorities transferred the jurisdiction of the Donetsk courts to neighbouring regions that were under government control.