On 28 November 2017, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled in the hotly awaited case of the detention of Ivane Merabishvili, the former Georgian Prime Minister and Interior Minister. The judgment, the second on the case after the Georgian Government challenged the first, had been the subject of much interest in Georgia and abroad. This is hardly surprising not only given Merabishvili’s previous life in Georgian politics, but also the global phenomenon of politically-motivated proceedings.
Georgia’s Ministry of Justice shortlisted five judges on 28 April to replace Nona Tsotsoria at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Tsotsoria’s term at the court expired in January. Three of these will now be forwarded by the government for the ECHR’s consideration. [Read more…]