Privacy is essential to autonomy and the protection of human dignity, serving as the foundation upon which many other human rights are built. Privacy enables us to create boundaries and protect ourselves from unwarranted interference in our lives, allowing us to negotiate who we are and how we want to interact with the world around […]

Opinion 2/13 of the Court of Justice on Access of the EU to the ECHR – One step ahead and two steps back by Stefan Reitemeyer The present contribution is a translated and somewhat simplified version of an article that appeared in German on 23 March 2015 in the Swiss legal online-journal Jusletter. The authors thank the Jusletter for […]

ECHR’s decision about motivation of not just racial but religious violence.

This guest post was written by Paul Harvey, a UK lawyer in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights. This article is an edited version of a paper given at the European University Institute, Florence on 28 January 2015. The views expressed are personal. Comments are welcome at paulgharvey[at] What constitutes an effective […]

It is easy to forget that our domestic debate over the European Convention on Human Rights might be having an international impact. But the UK is only one of 47 states which is party to the Convention, and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg protects over 800 million people. This morning, we brought […]

La importancia que las resoluciones del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea (TJUE) han alcanzado en los últimos tiempos, y su repercusión mediática, supera lo esperado por los más optimistas en la materia. Las dictadas por el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos (TEDH) han convulsionado países enteros y llevado a modificar leyes penales, proceder a excarcelaciones […]

The author, Johan Callewaert  is Deputy Grand Chamber Registrar at the European Court of Human Rights and professor at the Universities of Speyer and Louvain. This contribution, written in a strictly personal capacity, is taken from a conference which the author recently gave at the European Law Academy of Trier.   On 2 October 2013, the Committee […]