Published: 1 Jun 2009 | By Cornelius Wiesener

The recent war in the South Caucasus and extra-territorial jurisdiction under the ECHR


The 2008 conflict in the South Caucasus has led to allegations of large-scale human rights violations by both sides. Georgia has already filed an interstate complaint to the ECtHR against Russia, whilst more than 3300 applications have been lodged by South Ossetians against Georgia, with more expected to follow on both sides.

This raises the question of extra-territorial jurisdiction; a complex issue which Cornelius Wiesener explores in this article. To find out how the ECtHR has dealt with extra-territorial jurisdiction previously, and what this means for the South Caucasus conflict, click on the link below and read the full article.