What are the limits of free speech? Who is liable for hate speech on the Internet? Is there a right to assisted suicide? Can fundamental rights be suspended by Parliament? When can a political party be dissolved? Can the State be made responsible for domestic violence ? Is a ban on wearing a burka in public spaces compatible with the freedom of religion and/or the right to respect for private life? What minimum rights do refugees have? How much force is the police allowed to use? Are States under an obligation to legally recognize children born abroad from a surrogate mother? Does the Convention apply to military operations in third countries? Are irreducible life-sentences compatible with the Convention? What are there limits to the storage of personal data?
These are only some of the many topical issues which the European Court of Human Rights had to deal with recently. They are the subject-matter of the course on the Leading cases of the European Court of Human Rights which is held every winter term at the German University of Administrative Sciences (Speyer).
The European Court of Human Rights is located in Strasbourg. It is entrusted with authoritatively interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights which is in force in 47 European States. Its judgments lay down pan-European binding minimum standards, which offer important guidance for State action in a large variety of areas, not least in that of administration. The Convention is therefore becoming ever more relevant.
Unfortunately, owing to the corona-pandemic the course cannot be held in the winter term 2020-21.