Activities of the CAHDI
Under its terms of reference, the CAHDI is required to "review recent developments regarding international disputes, namely cases before the European Court of Human Rights involving issues of public international law".
The CAHDI has addressed this issue since its 34th meeting (Strasbourg, 10-11 September 2007), the aim being to review cases (both cases pending and judgments and decisions) before the European Court of Human Rights involving issues of public international law.
In practice, national delegations to refer and comment on cases to which they are parties or in which they have a particular interest.
This CAHDI activity has two main benefits:
- keeping states informed of current cases;
highlighting the great interaction between the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and public international law. In this regard, the Court often reiterates that the Convention must be applied in accordance with the principles of international law. An example of this can be seen in the case of Hassan v the United Kingdom where the Court stated that “As the Court has observed on many occasions, the Convention cannot be interpreted in a vacuum and should so far as possible be interpreted in harmony with other rules of international law of which it forms part” *.
A compilation on “Case law of the European Court of Human Rights related to Public International Law” was prepared in 2017 (document PIL (2018) Case Law) containing those judgments and decisions up to 31 December 2017 related to public international law for which official press releases and legal summaries are available. This compilation is updated on an annual basis, through Appendices, and published on the CAHDI website in order to facilitate access to it and make it readily available. Appendix I includes the relevant case law from the European Court of Human Rights from 2018, while Appendix II contains a compilation of relevant judgments from 2019.
* ECHR, Hassan v The United Kingdom, Application no. 29750/09, Grand Chamber Judgment of the 16 September 2014, para 77.