Human Rights

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.

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The increasing involvement of the ECBA in advocacy for Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings has led the ECBA to appoint a Human Rights Officer (HRO). 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.

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. The ECBA is very sad to report that Scott Crosby passed away on 25 April 2020.  Alexis Anagnostakis has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the ECBA as the next HR Officer on 21 September 2020. 

Given that the demands of human rights law for the work of the ECBA were steadily increasing and could not 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    


28 November marks the 5th year of the killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi. 43 international lawyers and human rights organizations, including the ECBA, have joined voices to demand justice for Mr. Elçi and his family.  Click here for the Statement.  

The European Criminal Bar Association, on the initiative of the Italian Criminal Lawyers Association, has sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council, the LIBE Committee and to the Secretary General and the HR Commissioner of the Council of Europe to urge them to take a concrete and urgent action on the case of the Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, sentenced in her country to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, for crimes such as "collusion against national security", "propaganda against the State", "incitement to corruption and prostitution" and "appearing in public without hijab". 

Please click here for the letter.