Inhuman and Degrading ‘Hotspots’ at the EU Borders
On 4 April 2023, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) published its judgment A.D. v. Greece, for the first time condemning the living conditions in the so-called ‘Hotspots’ on...
Turkey’s Constitutional Court Back to Old Tricks
On March 9, 2023, Turkey's Constitutional Court (TCC) reversed its January 5, 2023 decision to "precautionarily" block the accounts of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the lawsuit demanding HDP’s...
An Unneighborly Gift in Times of Need
In February 2023, the news of devastating deadly earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria shook the globe. The horrifying effects of these earthquakes led to a death toll that has surpassed...
The Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Human Rights
Over the last decades, the regulation of gender and sexuality has undergone major changes in Europe. From Athens to Reykjavik, same-sex unions are legal reality. States must no longer require...
Die „Bundesnotbremse II“ aus dem Blickwinkel der EMRK
Die bundesweiten Schulschließungen in Deutschland infolge der Corona-Pandemie im Jahr 2021, die Gegenstand des Beschlusses des Bundesverfassungsgerichts vom 19. November 2021 waren, liegen nun dem Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR)...
Questions of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia
On 25 January 2023, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its decision on the admissibility of the interstate complaints lodged by Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia in relation...
- Racial Profiling in Germany
Human Rights Standards for Accountability and Effective Remedies
In Germany, for a long time, racial profiling was regarded as a problem that exists in other countries. However, in recent years more victims of racial discrimination have brought cases...
- Racial Profiling in Germany
Racial Profiling in Germany
In Basu v. Germany, an international body reminded Germany once again of its less-than-perfect human rights record regarding racial discrimination. In this case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)...
Immunity of International Organisations Discarded?
Do international organisations enjoy immunity from jurisdiction under customary international law? In a recent ruling, Austria's Constitutional Court answered that question in the negative. The ruling arose in the context...
The Principle of Effectiveness
In his latest book, Georgios A. Serghides, Judge and Section Vice-President at the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, the ‘Court’), delves into the interpretation and application of the European...
Between Accuracy and Dignity
According to several news organizations, the Ukrainian forces use the facial recognition software Clearview AI to identify deceased Russian combatants in order to inform families about their kin’s death (here,...
The Judgement of Solomon that went wrong: Georgia v. Russia (II) by the European Court of Human Rights
On 21 January 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court or ECtHR) delivered its long-awaited judgment in the inter-state case Georgia v. Russia (II). This case concerns the...