Published: 7 Jul 2015 | By Dr. Giulia Pecorella

Armenia, Amnesties and International Crimes

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Is there a role for the European Court of Human Rights?

On 22 January 2015 Armenia had its second Universal Periodic Review (‘UPR’) before the UN Human Rights Council. Among the actions recommended during its first UPR in 2010 was ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (‘Rome Statute’), that Armenia had signed on 1 October 1999 but not yet ratified. To date the Government has relied on a 2004 opinion of the Armenian Constitutional Court (‘ACC’) as the basis for its delay in ratifying the Rome Statute. This article examines how the case law of the European Court of Human Rights arguably provides scope for the ACC to reverse its position.

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