Human Rights

ECBA appoints Human Rights Officer

As defined by its constitution, one the objects of the ECBA is to promote the administration of justice and human rights under the rule of law within the member states of the Council of Europe and among the peoples of the world. Throughout the years the ECBA has been following Criminal Proceedings’ Human Rights’ issues. The increasing involvement of the ECBA in advocacy for Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings – see, for example, the issue of the Lawyers’ Judgments in Turkey addressed  in the Newletter (Issue 27: December 2013) – has led the ECBA to appoint a Human Rights Officer (HRO).

The first ECBA-HRO was the Advisory Board Member Scott Crosby. Scott was a long time member of the ECBA and had a wide experience in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. He also published regular updates on European Court of Human Rights’ Judgments in the New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL).

25 April 2020
We are sad to report the death of our friend Scott Crosby, Member of the ECBA Advisory Board. 

Our friend Scott Crosby was an important player in the fight for fundamental rights in Europe. 

He was a real criminal lawyer and  Chair and founder of the human rights committee.

He was a true specialist in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and always intervened before this court to defend individuals when their rights were in danger.

Scott also launched and was editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL), a periodical for practitioners that all European lawyers use on a daily basis.

We are saddened by his death.

The ECBA has lost one of its most active and renowned members in the field of international criminal law.

We will always remember his talent, his humour, his ability to speak many languages and his welcome to others of course.

He was one of the most brilliant personalities in our association.

The President of ECBA, the Executive and Advisory Committee and all the members of the Association send their heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


Alexis Anagnostakis has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the ECBA as HR Officer on 21 September 2020.

The Human Rights Officer (HRO) will be the contact person for Human Rights’ issues, including  possible interventions by the ECBA before the ECtHR, and will represent the ECBA in activities such as trial observations.

If you know of any issue that should be brought to the attention of the HRO, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Given that the demands of human rights law for the work of the ECBA are steadily increasing and cannot be adequately met by the Human Rights Officer alone the executive and advisory boards of the ECBA decided at the meeting of 21 April 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic, to establish a human rights committee.

The Human Rights Committee (HRC) comprise the undernoted persons:


Nicola Canestrini   Maria Hessen Jacobsen
Vânia Costa Ramos   Nancy Hollander
Walter De Agostino   Tomasz Kodrzycki
Marius Dietrichson   Ondrej Laciak
Paul Garlick   Mihai Mares
Thomas Garner   Jonathan Mitchell
Monica Gazzola   Rebecca Niblock
Sergey Golubok   Kevin Roberts
Robin Grey   Alex Tinsley
Duncan Grieve  



Today our name is Ebru Timtik. A black day for democracy and justice has dawned.

The news of her death, while on hunger strike in a Turkish Prison, has come as a great shock. 

Ebru Timtik was a passionate lawyer fighting for justice, democracy and human rights. She was unfairly and unjustifiably detained, and she put herself on hunger strike – at the risk of her life – to obtain a fair trial.

You can click here for the Statement or 

Click here for the Statement.

The Statement has been sent to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Mr Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko, to the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus, Mr Yuri Karayeu, and to the Minister of Justice, Mr Oleg Slizhevsky, of the Republic of Belarus on 20/08/2020.