Published: 1 Jun 2010 | By Costas Paraskeva

Fact-finding missions: The Strasbourg experience


In cases where fundamental facts remain in dispute between parties, the ECtHR may conduct in-country fact-finding missions. Such investigations have been carried out in Ireland, Turkey, Lithuania, Ukraine and Moldova amongst others. Whilst these missions may offer a crucial means of exposing efforts to conceal widespread human rights violations, they are undboutedly time-consuming and expensive. Furthermore, the reliability of evidence taken years after the event may be called into question.

In this article, Costas Paraskeva explores the ECtHR’s use of fact-finding missions and their role in ensuring access to justice for victims. To read the full article, click on the link below.