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Further efforts devoted to a harmonised application of the European Court of Human Rights case law at the national level

Podgorica 19 October 2018
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Further efforts devoted to a harmonised application of the European Court of Human Rights case law at the national level

The third coordination meeting of case law departments within regular courts on the subject of harmonisation of court practice in Montenegro, took place on 15 October 2018.

The Action continues facilitating the established practice of court case law departments meetings. The third coordination meeting served as a platform for further discussion on coherent application of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level, with specific focus on its Articles 3, 8 and 14, in relation to violence against women and domestic violence. Following the official publishing of the GREVIO report for Montenegro, the main findings and recommendations concerning the work of courts in relation to gender-based violence offences were presented to participants, specifically targeting the need for harmonisation of the penal policies in this area.

Furthermore, reasonable time requirements under the Article 6 § 1 of the ECHR were discussed, providing the participants with an overview of the issues stemming from the obligation to guarantee speedy proceedings, which can also affect the enjoyment of other rights guaranteed by the Convention. The Manual on application of Article 6 § 1 of the Convention, developed under the Action, was presented.

The coordination meeting was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe Action entitled Fighting ill treatment and impunity and enhancing the application of the European human rights case law on national level which is being implemented in Montenegro under the joint Council of Europe and the European Union programme “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”.