Thursday 29 April 2021

Online ERA Seminar on the Newest ECtHR Freedom of Expression Case-law

On 27 and 28 May, the European Law Academy (ERA) is organising another of its online seminars for legal practitioners on the newest case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of expression. A great opportunity to hear about the latest developments from experts, including from the Court's registry and judges themselves! Happy to be part of it. This is what the training entails:

'This seminar will provide participants with a comprehensive insight into the recent case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), with a focus on the most important judgments since 2020. The training will provide the participants with the necessary tools to identify and address human rights violations relating to Article 10 and apply that provision in domestic proceedings.'

The full programme is as follows:

Thursday, 27 May 2021

13:00 Getting familiar with the online platform and ice-breaking exercise

13:20 Welcome and introduction

Sanja Jovičić


13:30 Foreseeability of the law limiting political expression

• Comparison between the ECHR and other international standards

• Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2) [GC], no. 14305/17, 22 December 2020

• Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt v. Hungary [GC], no. 201/17, 20 January 2020

Ivana Jelić

14:00 Discussion

14:15 Short break

14:25 How to ensure the fairness of proceedings concerning Art. 10 ECHR interferences?

Hatice Çoban v. Turkey, no. 36226/11, 29 October 2019

Daniel Rietiker

14:55 Discussion

15:10 Short break


15:20 Balancing freedom of expression against the protection of one’s reputation

• Journalists: Gheorghe-Florin Popescu v. Romania, no. 79671/13, 12 January 2021

• Political figures: Kılıçdaroğlu v. Turkey, no. 16558/18, 27 October 2020

• Private companies: OOO Regnum v. Russia, no. 22649/08, 8 September 2020

Diana-Olivia Hatneanu

15:50 Discussion

16:00 Short break

16:10 Private life v. freedom of expression

• Defamation: Miljević v. Croatia, no. 68317/13, 25 June 2020

• Public figures and discriminatory statements against minority groups:

Budinova and Chaprazov v. Bulgaria, no. 12567/13, 16 February 2021; Behar and Gutman v. Bulgaria, no. 29335/13, 16 February 2021

Kirill Belogubets

16:40 Discussion

17:00 End of first seminar day

Friday, 28 May 2021

9:00 Connecting to the online platform


9:30 Free flow of information on the internet

• Vladimir Kharitonov v. Russia, OOO Flavus and Others v. Russia, Bulgakov v. Russia and Engels v. Russia

• Pendov v. Bulgaria, no. 44229/11, 26 March 2020

Antoine Buyse

10:00 Discussion

10:15 Short break

10:25 Incitement to hatred and violence – how to analyse the relevant statements?

• Altintaş v. Turkey, no. 50495/08, 10 March 2020

Ali Bozkaya

10:55 Discussion

11:10 Short break

11:20 Exercising freedom of expression in professional life

• Whistleblowers – Herbai v. Hungary, no. 11608/15, 5 November 2019

• Judiciary – Goryaynova v. Ukraine, no. 41752/09, 8 October 2020; Panioglu v. Romania, no. 33794/14, 8 December 2020, Guz v. Poland, no. 965/12, 15 October 2020

Raluca Stancescu-Cojocaru

11:50 Discussion

12:05 Short break


12:15 How to submit a case successfully to the ECtHR

• Admissibility criteria

• Interim measures

Sanja Jovičić

12:45 Discussion

13:00 End of seminar

You can register here.