Published: 1 Dec 2009 | By Grigor Avetisyan

Failure to disclose and Rule 33 requests in North Caucasus ECHR cases


Lawyers acting in ECtHR cases against the Russian Government have consistently been faced with the problem of how to counter incomplete or even a total absence of disclosure of relevant documentation on the part of the Respondent State. The granting of requests from the Russian Government pursuant to Rule 33 of the Rules of Court, restricting public access to documentation, raises further questions, particularly given the apparent lack in many cases of any reasoned justification.

In this article, Grigor Avetisyan outlines Rule 33 and its application in cases related to the North Caucasus. To find out more, including what this means for the Court’s principles of open justice, click on the link below and read the full article.