Case Law, Strasbourg: Kapsis v Greece, Calling an Actress “Completely Unknown” is Not Defamatory – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

23 01 2017

ta-nea-20120210The Greek courts were wrong to hold the director of a Greek newspaper and one of its journalists liable for describing an actress recently appointed to an advisory board as “completely unknown”. The Court of Human Rights so decided on 19 January 2017 in Kapsis and Danikas v. Greece (application no. 52137/12)(available only in French). Read the rest of this entry »





Resuscitating Workplace Privacy? A Brief Account of the Grand Chamber Hearing in Bărbulescu v. Romania – Gaurav Mukherjee and James Wookey

18 01 2017

On 30 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) heard oral arguments in Bărbulescu v. Romania. The case was referred to the Grand Chamber on 6 June 2016, after a Chamber judgment delivered on 12 January 2016.  Read the rest of this entry »





Event: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community

17 01 2017

logoOn 24 March 2017, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), together with the Council of Europe, will hold a one day conference to discuss the Court of Human Rights case law on Article 10 and related articles concerning freedom of expression of media and journalists. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Lykin v. Ukraine, Free speech and elected officials – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

17 01 2017

european_court_of_human_rightsOn 12 January 2017, the Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in the case of Lykin v Ukraine ([2017] ECHR 17), providing a timely reminder that freedom of political expression under Article 10 can trump reputation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Re (W), Can non-parties appeal critical findings made in a judgment which infringe their human rights? – Jo Moore

9 12 2016

silhouetteIn Re: W (A child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140 the Court of Appeal considered a case in which a Family Court judgment was severely critical of two witnesses and the applicant local authority. In an oral “bullet point” judgment at the end of the hearing, the Judge found that the witnesses, a social worker (‘SW’) and a police officer (‘PO’), had improperly conspired to prove certain allegations regardless of the truth, or professional guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ERY v Associated Newspapers, Is a police investigation a private matter? – Max Campbell

1 12 2016

metropolitan-policeA recent decision by Nicol J in ERY v Associated Newspapers Ltd ([2016] EWHC 2760 (QB)) has found that a suspect in a police investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy which is likely to trump the press’s right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber recognises an Article 10 right to access to information

8 11 2016

Perincek Grand ChamberThe Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights today handed down judgment in the case of Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary (application no. 18030/11).  It held (15:2) that there is an Article 1o right to public access to information where access to the information is instrumental for the individual’s exercise of his or her right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »