Human Rights

ECBA appoints Human Rights Officer

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. The increasing involvement of the ECBA in advocacy for Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings – see, for example, the issue of the Lawyers’ Judgments in Turkey addressed  in the Newletter (Issue 27: December 2013) – has led the ECBA to appoint a Human Rights Officer (HRO).

The first ECBA-HRO will be Advisory Board Member Scott Crosby. Scott is a long time member of the ECBA and has a wide experience in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. He also publishes regular updates on European Court of Human Rights’ Judgments in the New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL).

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.

If you know of any issue that should be brought to the attention of the HRO, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Given that the demands of human rights law for the work of the ECBA are steadily increasing and cannot 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:

Scott Crosby, Chair and Human Rights Officer 
Members: 

Alexis Anagnostakis   Duncan Grieve
Nicola Canestrini   Nancy Hollander
Vânia Costa Ramos   Tomasz Kodrzycki
Walter De Agostino   Ondrej Laciak
Marius Dietrichson   Mihai Mares
Paul Garlick   Christa Middleton
Thomas Garner   Kevin Roberts
Monica Gazzola   Alex Tinsley
Robin Grey    

 

Mr Robert Rosu, Advocate in Bucharest, has been charged for conduct which according to the Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice was legitimate and within the bounds of lawyers’ competences. In addition the prosecution has tried to ruin his reputation by parading him in handcuffs and under restraint before the cameras of Romania’s assembled television stations.

The HR Committee, with the support of the Executive Committee and the Advisory Board has sent the following letter (click here) to the Romanian Minister of Justice.

The Human Rights Committee is pleased to announce that Mr Akinci was released from prison on 30 December 2017 and that the question of his deportation to Turkey has been suspended until his request for asylum has been decided. In addition no criminal charges have been laid against him. We believe that the Committee’s intervention was influential in this regard.

2 January 2018
The Chairman

Mr Akinci is currently held in detention in Greece, facing imminent deportation to Turkey, where he would likely be prosecuted for adversion, seemingly and if so, in violation of essential principles of international and European law, as a result of his fulfilling his professional duties by defending many persons accused of supporting Fetullah Gülen and thus of supporting the attempted coup against the President of Turkey of 15 July 2016.

The ECBA Human Rights Committee has written on 29 December 2017 to the the Greek authorities to express its concern, and urging the authorities not to deport Mr. Akinci.

Further details are set out in the letters below .

Letter to the Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Mr Stavros Kontonis

Letter to the Minister of Public Order and Citizen's Protection, Mr Nikolaos Toskas