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Event | Time for Action: Human Rights, Democracy, and the Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

29 September 2022

Deadline extended: Register for this event until 15 October

Thursday, 20 October 2022, from 17.15 to 19.00 CET (Doors open at 17.00)
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The briefing will be held in Berlin, the exact address of the venue will be communicated separately to registered participants only.
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The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the European Implementation Network, with the support of the Hertie School Centre for Fundamental Rights, are pleased to announce the following event on the non-implementation of particularly important judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

There is a critical problem with the non-implementation of ECtHR judgments. As of 1 January 2022, there are 1300 leading judgments pending implementation. Each of these represents a distinct structural and/or systemic human rights problem in a European state. This number is rising, meaning that the problem is getting worse. The non-implementation problem has very serious negative effects for the protection of democracy, human rights and the rule of law – threatening the existence of the ECHR system itself.

The briefing will set out the non-implementation of ECtHR judgments across Europe. It will also include a summary of cases involving victims of political persecution, including Alexei Navalny and Osman Kavala – as well as account of what it is like to be a political prisoner, despite having a judgment from the European Court in your favour. The event will be an opportunity to gain more information on these important issues, and to discuss the best way to promote the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

Chair: Dr. Hans-Jörg Behrens, Agent of the German Federal Ministry of Justice before the European Court of Human Rights

Roundtable interventions by:

  • The overall implementation of ECtHR judgments: Ramute Remezaite, EIN Board member, Implementation Lead at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC)
  • The implementation of ECtHR cases concerning victims of political persecution: Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijani investigative journalist, former political prisoner, Prof. Dr. Başak Çalı, EIN Chair, Professor of International Law, Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Berlin’s University of Governance

Following presentations from the speakers, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and further discuss the cases.

Due to space constraints, the number of participants is unfortunately limited. Therefore, the organisers reserve the right to reject registrations. This event is organised in the frame of a joint NHC-EIN project funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs.