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Dolores Utrilla
7th February 2020
Human Rights Justice & Litigation

ECtHR: Grand Chamber hearing concerning Icelandic Court of Appeal

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held a Grand Chamber hearing this week in the case of Guðmundur Andri Ástráðsson v. Iceland, concerning the legality of the new Icelandic Court of Appeal (Landsréttur), set up in January 2018, and the procedure of appointment of its judges.

The case was referred to the Grand Chamber on 9 September 2019 on the request of the Icelandic Government, following the ECtHR’s Chamber judgment of 12 March 2019 that held, by five votes to two, that there was a violation of the right to a tribunal established by law under Article 6(1) of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Chamber found in particular that the process by which one of the judges of the Icelandic Court of Appeal had been appointed amounted to a flagrant breach of the applicable domestic rules, eroding the confidence that the judiciary must inspire in the public in a democratic society, and infringing the very essence of the principle that a tribunal must be established by law.

The webcast of the hearing is available at the ECtHR’s website.


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