International Economic Law Lecturer, Dr Filippo Fontanelli, with colleagues from the University of Surrey, has intervened as amicus curiae before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case Khoroshenko v the Russian Federation.
The brief, admitted by the Court, argued that the restrictions on the right to receive family visits imposed on whole-life prisoners breached Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (right to family life).
On 30th June 2015, the Court condemned Russia, at unanimity. The arguments of the interveners were acknowledged and resonate in the reasoning of the Grand Chamber and in the Concurring Opinion of Judges Pinto De Albuquerque and Turković.
Read more about the judgment here.
Read an article co-authored by Dr Fontanelli on the subject here.
Dr Fontanelli is also Programme Director of the LLM in International Economic Law.