Published: 1 Dec 2013

Implementation update on Volkov v Ukraine


On 9 January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in the case of Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine (No. 21722/11). Mr Volkov, a Supreme Court judge dismissed for an alleged ‘breach of oath’, was represented in his application to the ECtHR by EHRAC. The judgment was highly significant both for the nature of the violations found and the measures imposed on Ukraine. Thus the ECtHR unanimously found several violations of Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the principle of an independent and impartial tribunal, a violation of Article 8, and referred to “serious systemic problems as regards the functioning of the Ukrainian judiciary”, namely the insufficient separation of the judiciary from the other branches of State power.

To read an update on the implementation of this case, please follow the link below.