Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
24 Mar 17
Implementation of Strasbourg judgments: Fair Trials submit brief to Council of Europe rapporteur
The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is arguably the most developed human rights treaty in force worldwide. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), tasked with the interpretation of the Convention, has been a driver of legal change across Europe and its progressive jurisprudence has been hailed by the international human rights movement. Yet…
22 Mar 17
Juvenile Justice System in Italy; How Effective is it for Foreign Youths?
This guest post was written by Jennie Sutcliffe, a U.S. Fulbright research scholar working in Palermo, Italy at the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone. As with all of our guest posts, the views represented are of the author and may not reflect the views of Fair Trials. In 1988, Italy adopted new legislation governing the juvenile…
17 Mar 17
Can pre-trial detention last for nearly eight years? A view from Poland
One of the main issues with pre-trial detention has to do with its length. As we showed in our regional report on the use of pre-trial detention in the EU, too often people who have not been convicted of any crime spend several weeks in detention. At times, the detention can last months, and even…
16 Mar 17
New Publication: World Imprisonment Report
The Institute of Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London, and Fair Trials published today a report which draws on ICPR’s unique World Prison Brief database and describes patterns and trends in imprisonment in ten contrasting countries across all five continents. The report consists of three sections including: Use and over-use…
08 Mar 17
Research on pre-trial detention informs legal changes in England and Wales
Between 2015 and 2016, Fair Trials carried out a regional research project on the use of pre-trial detention in 10 EU countries. Through their research, our local partners from England and Wales even contributed to the reform of the region’s Criminal Procedure Rules. This guest post was written by Professor Ed Cape and Dr Tom Smith,…
02 Mar 17
Dean Strang’s Interview with Fair Trials
On Sunday 29 January 2017, we interviewed Dean Strang, one of the lawyers featured in the ground-breaking Netflix show, Making a Murderer. The interview took place at the Freshfields’ office and it covered several aspects including the importance of fair trials and the impact the show has had on him. Dean was in London as…
23 Feb 17
Catherine Heard discusses today’s release of the latest global pre-trial detention data
Catherine led Fair Trials’ policy and campaigns work from 2008 to 2012 and now directs the World Prison Research Programme at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), at Birkbeck, University of London. ICPR hosts the World Prison Brief. Today sees the launch of the third World Pre-trial/Remand Imprisonment List. The List provides comprehensive…
13 Feb 17
Access to a lawyer: is Ireland turning back the clock?
This guest post was written by Dara Robinson, practising lawyer at Sheehan & Partners and Advisory Board Member of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel for Ireland. As with all of our guest posts, the views represented are of the author and may not reflect the views of Fair Trials. For the last three years, suspects detained by the…
09 Feb 17
Saarbrücken Regional Court rejects extradition to Lithuania due to inter-prisoner violence
This guest post was written by Dr. Anna Oehmichen, practising lawyer at Knierim & Krug Rechtsanwälte GbR and a member of our LEAP network from Germany. As with all of our guest posts, the views represented are of the author and may not reflect the views of Fair Trials. In a recent decision (5th October 2016, case number: Ausl…
24 Jan 17
Fair Trials Supports the Day of the Endangered Lawyers
Every year the 24th of January is observed as the day of the endangered lawyers. This is the 7th year where endangered lawyers are supported all over the world through press conferences, and meetings. The day was initiated in 2009 by Hans Gaasback, the president of the commission Defense de la Defense of the…
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