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Justice: European Courts

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 11 March 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times, and in which cases, they have made a third- party submission to (a) the European Court of Human Rights, and (b) the European Court of Justice, in each of the last three years. [HL1533]

For the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR):

2006

The UK has made third-party submissions before the ECtHR in one case, Markovic (1398/03), brought against Italy.

2007

The UK has made third-party submissions before the ECtHR in seven cases:

Saramati (78166/01), brought against France and Norway;

Behrami (71412/01), brought against France;

A (4900/06), brought against the Netherlands;

Saadi (37201/06), brought against Italy;

Schalk and Kopf (30141/04), brought against Austria;

TV Vest (21132/05), brought against Norway; and

Beric (36357/04), brought against Bosnia.

2008

The UK has made no third-party submissions before the ECtHR.

For the European Court of Justice:

2006

The UK has made third-party submissions before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance in 54 cases.

2007

The UK has made third-party submissions before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance in 74 cases.

2008

The UK has made third-party submissions before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance in 63 cases.

In view of the number of cases, I have instructed my officials to write to the noble Lord with the names of these cases and to place a copy of that letter in the Library of the House.