Action to cancel ECHR judge competition dismissed
MOSCOW, April 17 - RAPSI. The Zamoskvoretsky District Court has dismissed a lawsuit by Karinna Moskalenko, ex-YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky's attorney, asking the Justice Ministry to hold a new competition on Russia's appointment of a judge to the European Court of Human Rights, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.ru) on Tuesday.
The plaintiff asked the ministry to submit the selection criteria for the competition committee. The requirements for judge candidates are set by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Khodorkovsky's attorney Karinna Moskalenko maintains that the European court's report on the competition was issued only on August 3, although the application deadline set by the Justice Ministry expired on August 1.
Media reported that Andrei Bushev, the European court's ad hoc judge, who was involved in the YUKOS vs. Russia case, and Russian Supreme Commercial Court judges Dmitry Dedov and Lyudmila Novosyolova, ended up on the final list.
The European Court of Human Rights is an international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. The court hears cases on human rights violation as stipulated in the European Convention for Human Rights and its protocols.
It was established in 1959. The court's jurisdiction spreads over all the European Councils member states, which have ratified the convention. Russia ratified the convention in 1998.