Published: 1 Dec 2005 | By Catharina Harby

Claiming to be a ‘victim’ under the European Convention – the case of Vatan v Russia


The case of Vatan v Russia concerns the Ulyanovsk Regional Court’s decision to dissolve the Simbirsk regional organisation of the political party Vatan on the grounds that it openly called for violent challenges to the foundations of constitutional governance. Following this decision, Vatan brought the case before the ECtHR, invoking Articles 9, 10, 11 and 14 of the ECHR. However, the application was declared inadmissible on the grounds that Vatan and the Simbirsk regional organisation constituted separate legal entities.

In this article, Catharina Harby considers the reasoning behind this decision, and whether the application would have been decalred admissible had it been brought by the regional organisation itself. To read the full article, click on the link below.