Published: 1 Jun 2013 | By Jane Gordon

Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine


In January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights gave judgment in the case of Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine (No. 21722/11) 9.01.13. The case involved the dismissal of a Supreme Court judge in circumstances involving a flagrant denial of natural justice and highlights the ongoing systemic constitutional crisis in Ukraine and the overwhelming level of political control over the judiciary.

EHRAC represented Mr Volkov in his application to the European Court. Phillip Leach, EHRAC Director and Jane Gordon, EHRAC’s then Senior Lawyer, presented oral arguments at the Chamber hearing in Strasbourg in June 2012. The Chamber handed down a unanimous judgment in favour of the applicant on 9 January 2013. The decision is significant in a number of respects.

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