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European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

Self Description

January 2003: "The new European Court of Human Rights came into operation on 1 November 1998...The European Court of Human Rights set up under the Convention as amended is composed of a number of judges equal to that of the Contracting States...Judges are elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for a term of six years....Under the Rules of Court, the Court is divided into four Sections,..."

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2008: 'Axel Hagedorn, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he would appeal the decision. The case could go to the European Court of Human Rights. "The court ruled that the UN has immunity, even if a genocide has happened, and that is in our opinion exactly what you can't accept," he said.'

September 2007: The European Court of Human Rights has accepted a complaint from the dockers union alleging discrimination based on union membership and violations of the right to freedom of association. Vladeck's husband, Sergei Danilenkov, is the lead plaintiff.

April 2007: But the EU court rejected this argument, saying, 'Schools represented society, and it was in the children's interest to become part of that society.'

March 2007: The European Court of Human Rights also has found Shamanov's troops responsible for the 'massive use of indiscriminate weapons' that killed civilians in another village, and human rights investigators concluded that detainees at a base under his command were beaten, subjected to electric shocks and held in pits.

October 2006: MOSCOW, Oct. 26 -- Russia has deported an Uzbek man to his home country despite a last-minute order by the European Court of Human Rights that the deportation be stayed pending a review.


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Articles and Resources

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Mar 20, 2011 In Britain, Curbing Lawsuits Over Libel

QUOTE: “The government’s draft defamation bill is a big step forward toward ending the practice of libel tourism, which has led our courts to silence free speech around the world,” said John Kampfner, chief executive of Index on Censorship. “But without action to reduce the cost of a libel trial, reform will protect the free speech of some, but costs will silence others.”

New York Times
Oct 23, 2009 The Geek Defense: Do criminals with Asperger's syndrome deserve special treatment?

QUOTE: the legal system isn't always consistent in its treatment of criminals with developmental disabilities, and the sentences handed down to autistic defendants can vary widely depending on the court. Asperger's may prove even more challenging than autism, because it lacks the well-defined intellectual deficits that make the latter relatively easy to diagnose. How will a judge determine whether a given diagnosis of Asperger's is scientifically valid, let alone decide how the disorder relates to a particular crime?

Jul 11, 2008 Dutch court upholds U.N. immunity in genocide case: Plaintiffs plan to appeal, saying peacekeepers failed to protect their relatives in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

QUOTE: Is the United Nations responsible if its peacekeepers fail to prevent genocide? No, decided a Dutch court Thursday in a case likely to be appealed. At issue is Europe's only genocide since World War II: the killing of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, Bosnia, 13 years ago this week. Last month, 6,000 plaintiffs filed a civil suit against the UN and the Dutch government in The Hague District Court. They argued that Dutch peacekeepers failed to protect their relatives in the 1995 massacre, which took place in a UN-declared safe zone.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 11, 2007 Russian Authorities Won't Renew Visa of U.S. Labor Organizer: Move Seen as Part of Crackdown On Western-Funded Civic Activism

QUOTE: Russian authorities have refused to renew the visa of an American labor activist working with a dockworkers union in Kaliningrad, the latest in a series of visa denials targeting Western trade unionists, business people, journalists and lawyers whose activities attracted the suspicion of state officials.

Washington Post
May 11, 2007 Serbia's new human-rights role questioned: Serbia takes the lead of a European rights council Friday, even as ultranationalism deepens.

QUOTE: The ironies of Serbia taking a symbolic leadership role in the council are compounded by mounting worry in Washington and Europe about a rightward shift in Serbian politics following the election this week of a pro-Russian ultranationalist as parliament speaker.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 17, 2007 US evangelicals aim to influence European law: In a German court battle, a home-schooled girl was taken from her parents and put in psychiatric ward.

QUOTE: The Busekros case is emblematic of the growing effort by US Christian legal organizations to take the "culture wars" overseas. Pushing back against a perceived assault on their values by an increasingly secular society, the groups are striving to influence European law on issues ranging from home schooling to stem-cell research to gay marriage.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 29, 2007 Bush Meets Russian Faulted For Atrocities

QUOTE: President Bush met at the White House this week with a Russian general who has been accused of overseeing some of the most notorious atrocities against civilians during the brutal second war in Chechnya.

Washington Post
Oct 27, 2006 Deportation Of Uzbek By Russia Is Criticized: European Court Had Ordered Stay

QUOTE: ussia has deported an Uzbek man to his home country despite a last-minute order by the European Court of Human Rights that the deportation be stayed pending a review...."Our greatest concern is for Muminov's protection from torture or other ill treatment,"...

Washington Post
Oct 20, 2006 Russia Halts Activities of Many Groups From Abroad

QUOTE: Russia on Thursday suspended the activities of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Republican Institute and more than 90 other foreign nongovernmental organizations, saying they failed to meet the registration requirements of a controversial new law designed to bring activists here under much closer government scrutiny.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2006 Amateurs Get in on the Paparazzi Beat

QUOTE: growing number of European publications that are taking advantage of cellphone technology to reach new levels of reader interactivity and, some say, invasion of privacy.

New York Times
Jan 09, 2003 Ends, means and barbarity: torture in the United States

QUOTE: Torture has been outlawed in all circumstances everywhere. But global terrorism may be leading America to bend the rules.