Published: 7 Jul 2015

Interview with Judge Oleksandr Volkov


Mr. Volkov in front of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

In January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a judgment in the case of Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine (No. 21722/11), in which EHRAC represented the applicant, Mr Volkov. The case involved the dismissal of Mr Volkov from his position as a judge of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, in circumstances involving a flagrant denial of justice. It also highlighted the systemic issue of political control of the judiciary in Ukraine. The ECtHR found four violations of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’) resulting from the process of Mr Volkov’s dismissal, and agreed that his removal from office constituted an unlawful interference with his right to respect for private life pursuant to Article 8 ECHR. In an unprecedented step, the ECtHR ordered Mr Volkov’s reinstatement. The ECtHR also concluded that the nature of the violations required Ukraine to take a number of general measures to reform the system of judicial discipline. Following Mr Volkov’s reinstatement in February 2015, EHRAC spoke to him about his case, its wider significance, and recent developments in judicial reform in Ukraine.

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