On 23-24 June 2017 32 judges and judicial servants of Armenia improved their knowledge and skills on Article 3 of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and case-law of the ECtHR.
The seminar aimed at strengthening the capacity of the judiciary to apply Article 3 of the ECHR in national judgments. Mr Serzhik Avetisyan, Chairman of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation took part in the seminar alongside with other representatives of the judiciary, including judges and judicial servants of the Court of Cassation, Criminal Appeal Court and general jurisdiction courts.
The participants benefited from a detailed overview of the recent case-law of the ECtHR regarding the liability for torture and other forms of ill-treatment; statements on torture and other forms of ill-treatment made in court; inadmissibility of evidence obtained through torture and other forms of ill-treatment and its impact on the fairness of trial; and the liability of state officials as perpetrators of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Particular emphasis was placed and comprehensive discussion was held on the specific questions raised by the Court of Cassation on the mentioned topics.
The seminar was organised within the scope of the Project on “Supporting the criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia”, funded within the European Union and Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance (formerly Programmatic Cooperation Framework) in the Eastern Partnership Countries for 2015-2017.