ECHR outlines principles for future hearings of cases against Russia
European Court of Human Rights outlines principles for future hearings of cases against Russia
16,000 complaints pending
According to lawyer Pavel Chikov, the European Court of Human Rights will be considering the evidence in cases involving rights enshrined under the European Convention that are alleged to have been violated before 16 September 2022. The court will appoint currently serving judges from other countries in place of a Russian national judge.
As no objections to the complaints from Russia have been lodged, the European Court of Human Rights will examine the cases without the position of the Russian authorities being set out. The Court will critically assess the evidence and arguments submitted by the complainants. 16,000 complaints are pending. About 12,000 of these will be heard under a simplified procedure by a panel of three judges – in such cases a national judge does not have to take part.
Russia had been a member of the Council of Europe since 28 February 1996. On 16 September, the country ceased to be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights and withdrew from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. In June, the president signed a law that allows Russia not to implement any judgments that the Court issued after 15 March 2022.