European Convention on Human Rights

Italy condemned twice in one week by the European Court of Human Rights

In Cestaro v Italy ( 7 April 2015) the European Court of Human Rights held that the ill-treatment sustained by the applicant when the police stormed the Diaz-Pertini school amounted to “torture” within the meaning of Article 3 of the Convention.  This refers to the events which occurred at the end of the G8 summit in Genoa in […]

UK Court of Appeal disagrees with ECHR on whole-life sentences

On Feb. 18th the UK Court of Appeal ruled that judges in England and Wales can continue to impose so-called “whole life” prison sentences in the most serious murder cases.  This in spite of the ruling  in July 2013 of the European Court of Human rights in the same case (Vinter and others v. United […]