The recent war in the South Caucasus and extra-territorial jurisdiction under the ECHR

Wiesener, Cornelius (2009) The recent war in the South Caucasus and extra-territorial jurisdiction under the ECHR. EHRAC bulletin (11). pp. 1-2.

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Last year’s armed conflict in the South Caucasus has led to allegations of large-scale human rights violations by both sides. Soon after the cessation of hostilities, Georgia filed an interstate complaint with the ECtHR against the Russian Federation. On the other hand, more than 3,300 applications have been lodged by South Ossetians against Georgia; and it is likely that in the near future even more individuals (Georgians as well as Ossetians) will bring cases against Russia or Georgia.

These applications raise the issue of extra-territorial jurisdiction and will certainly be challenged on this ground by the respondent states. This article, therefore, endeavours to give some insight into this complex legal issue and will outline the relevant ECHR jurisprudence for the upcoming cases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EHRAC bulletin; human rights violations; European Court of Human Rights; ECtHR; South Caucasus; Georgia; Abkhazia; Ossetia; Russian Federation
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 14:15
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 14:15


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