Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ten New Case-Law Fact Sheets

In order to stem the flood of applications and to make the Court's jurisprudence better known, the Court has been posting so-called fact sheets on its website. These are thematic sheets with the main relevant cases in short summaries. Last week the Court added ten new sheets to the existing ones. They relate to the following issues: children’s rights, collective expulsions, conscientious objection, protection of journalists’ sources, racial discrimination, right to one’s own image, social welfare, trade union rights, transsexuals’ rights, and violence against women. The Court promises regular updates and therefore has also included pending cases.

1 comment:

Lallands Peat Worrier said...

Its a familiar logic - if only people knew more about the jurisprudence of the Court, they'd keep their misery to themselves and never send their clearly inadmissible cases. This, it seems to me, is premised on a grossly simplistic picture of the complex, contradictory, manifold reasons why applicants might lodge (even clearly inadmissible) cases with the institution. I'm not against the Court outlining clearly the limits of its jurisprudence and the narrowness of its institutional capacity in this way. However, insofar as applicants are conceived as only being ill-informed about the Court's case law - the conception is deeply artificial and the impact of "better information" seems likely to be minimal.