European Court of Human Rights Orders France to Maintain Life Support for Tetraplegic

On Tuesday, June 24, the European Court of Human Rights suspended the decision made just a few hours before by French Council of State to end treatment for Vincent Lambert, a 38-year-old tetraplegic man who has been in coma for six years. The Court ordered France to maintain the man’s life support before any final […]

Spain Releases ETA Prisoners Following European Court of Human Rights Ruling

Spain’s release of nine members of the separatist paramilitary group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna this month could symbolize social progress in the country, rather than renewed violence. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Parot doctrine could not be applied to prisoners retroactively.  The doctrine, which was made into law in 2006, allows prison sentences to […]

French Court Upholds Verdict of Organized Fraud for Church of Scientology

On October 16, a French court reaffirmed a ruling finding the two main institutions of the Church of Scientology in France, the SEL Bookstore and its Celebrity Center, guilty of organized fraud. Four years after a similar decision, both were charged and will respectively pay €200,000 and €400,000 – more than $270,000 and $540,000. The […]

European Court Finds French Government Unable to Take a Joke

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, March 14th that the man condemned by the French government for insulting then-President, Nicolas Sarkozy, should be cleared of all charges.  The Court found that France had violated the man’s right to Freedom of Speech.  Hervé Eon was fined by the French government for displaying an insulting […]