Group work: Analysing Strasbourg cases



Aim: This group work will give the students knowledge about the European Court of Human Rights and court cases.  

  1. The students will be divided into groups. Preferably there should be no more than four to a group. Students may also choose to work in pairs or the task may be given as a follow-up assignment. (30 min – 1 hour)

  2. The session leader shows the group how to find cases in the HUDOC data base on the European Court of Human Rights webpage. It is possible to search cases according to a keyword or an Article in the European Convention. A good tip is to work with the press releases of the judgements as they give a good overview of the case.  

  3. Each group is instructed to find and analyse a case from the European Court of Human Rights. The students can work with cases on freedom of expression or other subjects they are interested in.

    The following questions are then to be answered:
    - Who are the parties?
    - Which article (s) in the European Convention of Human Rights is (are) claimed to have been violated?
    - What is the case about? What is the problem? Give a short summary
    - What is the Court’s decision and what are the main underlying arguments?

  4. The groups will then present their cases to the others.

  5. After the presentations, the session leader will encourage the students to raise arguments and discuss in what ways the knowledge about the European human rights system is relevant for them as future journalists.

Evgenyia Khoroltseva, Project Manager, Human Rights Academy (Russia/Norway)
Lillian Hjorth, Director, Human Rights Academy (Norway)

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