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 

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   Jonathan Mitchell
Monica Gazzola   Rebecca Niblock
Sergey Golubok   Kevin Roberts
Robin Grey   Alex Tinsley


Click here for the Joint-Statement in support of Turkish lawyers co-signed by more than 30 lawyers’ organisations and Bars/Law Societies including the ECBA. 
You will find the French version on the CCBE website. 

A Plea for the Rule of Law and Good Neighbourliness

According to a number of reports two Greek soldiers inadvertently crossed the unmarked border with Turkey in March 2018. This part of the border runs through dense forest. At the time in question visibility was poor and there was snow on the ground. The soldiers became disoriented and were unaware they had entered Turkey.
They have been held in detention in Turkey ever since, apparently without charge.

The Human Rights Committee has written to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The President of Turkey, Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice of Turkey, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and Michele Nicoletti, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Liliane Maury-Pasquier  (who was elected and follows  up Mr Nicoletti as President) on 25 June 2018.

In application of the principle of good neighbourliness the soldiers should, in the respectful submission of the Committee, be returned home without further ado.

To read the letter from the Human Rights Committee click here (PDF format).