Human Rights

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.

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The increasing involvement of the ECBA in advocacy for Human Rights in Criminal Proceedings has led the ECBA to appoint a Human Rights Officer (HRO). 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.

The first ECBA-HRO was the Advisory Board Member Scott Crosby. Scott was a long time member of the ECBA and had a wide experience in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. The ECBA is very sad to report that Scott Crosby passed away on 25 April 2020.  Alexis Anagnostakis has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the ECBA as the next HR Officer on 21 September 2020. 

Given that the demands of human rights law for the work of the ECBA were steadily increasing and could not 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:

Nicola Canestrini   Nancy Hollander
Vânia Costa Ramos   Tomasz Kodrzycki
Walter De Agostino   Ondrej Laciak
Marius Dietrichson   Mihai Mares
Paul Garlick   Jonathan Mitchell
Thomas Garner   Rebecca Niblock
Sergey Golubok   Kevin Roberts
Robin Grey   Alex Tinsley
Maria Hessen Jacobsen    


This statement concerns the case of the Romanian lawyer Robert Roșu, who was convicted by the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania on 17 December 2020 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for having formed an organized criminal group and complicity to abuse of office. On 17 April 2021, the High Court published the written reasoning of its decision (Decision 382/A/17 December 2020 of the Criminal Division of the High Court of Cassation and Justice).

We understand that the criminal case against Robert Roșu concerned his activities as lawyer in a civil law case accepted in 2006 by his law firm, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații (TZA) of Bucharest.


The ECBA Human Rights Committee wishes to express its solidarity with members of the legal profession in Myanmar (Burma) who are working to uphold the rule of law at this difficult time. Myanmar lawyers and other professionals are protesting peacefully against the military coup d’état that took place on 1 February 2021. Many lawyers are offering support to other protestors, despite knowing that this may put their careers at risk.

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