Published: 1 Dec 2008

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2008

EHRAC Bulletin

Issue 10 of the EHRAC Bulletin is now available online. Please click the link below to read the full issue.

In its resolution of 2 October 2008, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe stated that having resorted to the use of force over South Ossetia, both Georgia and Russia had violated Council of Europe principles and values, and their commitment to settle conflicts by peaceful means: both states were responsible for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. In the light of these recent events, the lead article in this edition of the Bulletin, by Matthew Happold, of Hull University, discusses the interplay between human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Continuing our exploration of issues of implementation, Jakub Wołąsiewicz (Polish Government Agent) and Michał Balcerzak (Nicholaus Copernicus University, Poland) discuss the pros and cons of the European Court’s pilot judgment procedure, highlighting systemic human rights problems, and from the UK, Angela Patrick and Joanne Sawyer explain the important functions carried out by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, which include following up human rights decisions and auditing draft legislation.

Also in this issue, Eleonora Davidyan (EHRAC-Memorial) considers restrictions on Muslim freedoms in Russia, Grigor Avetisyan (EHRAC-Memorial) assesses the implications of the Gäfgen v Germany case (relating to the use of evidence obtained through torture) and Natia Katsitadze (Article 42) analyses the practice of plea bargaining in Georgia as against fair trial principles. Tatiana Chernikova (EHRAC-Memorial) outlines the main features of the reformed Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council.