EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2018

This is the 30th edition of the EHRAC Legal Bulletin, marking 15 years since its first publication. Throughout this time, we have aimed to provide timely, in-depth and engaging analysis of the latest legal developments in the former Soviet space, and from the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe. As a renewed commitment to this ambition, we are refreshing the Bulletin with a new online format.

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The severe toll of abusive drug laws in Georgia

19.12.18: In August 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Georgia’s zero-tolerance approach to drug consumption or possession, which has resulted in harsh punishments, with prison sentences for drug-related offences often significantly exceeding those for serious crimes.


Standing up in the face of discrimination and hate crime

19.12.18: Olena Shevchenko (Insight, Ukraine) explains the difficulties she has faced in the last year as one of the most high-profile activists on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ukraine, particularly following the International Women’s Day march in Kyiv on 8 March.


In whose interest? How corrupt and repressive regimes seek influence and legitimacy

19.12.18: Transparency International UK’s Steve Goodrich explores how corrupt and repressive regimes in Russia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain seek influence and legitimacy amongst UK politicians. This calls into question the legitimacy of decisions made by parliamentarians.


The practice of female genital mutilation in Dagestan

19.12.18: As a study by the Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI) has found, the practice of female genital mutilation is rife in Dagestan. Vanessa Kogan looks at the attitudes of men in areas where FGM is practised, and challenges the assumption that everyone in the local community supports FGM.

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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.


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.


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.