In Ratzenböck and Seydl v. Austria the ECtHR held that a heterosexual couple was not being discriminated against when they were denied access to a registered partnership – a legal institution only available to same-sex couples.
In Kulinski and Sabev v. Bulgaria, the ECtHR heard complaints about interferences with the right to vote in prison. Its decision seems problematic in two ways and illustrates how States at times use criminal law to disenfranchise convicts.
The problem of overcrowded prisons in Romania is not new. In its latest Chamber judgment the ECtHR applied the pilot-judgment procedure in order to stop the systematic dysfunction of the prison system. Will this improve the Romanian situation?
Many human rights treaties contain derogation clauses with regard to emergencies. The following post outlines the constitutional and international legal framework of state of emergency as it pertains Turkey and its derogation from the ECHR.
The Dutch ‘naming and shaming’ regime for financial markets has recently been harmonised by European financial law. The regime may now be regarded as better synchronised with fundamental rights, more specifically the presumption of innocence.