Right to a Fair Trial

This book provides a comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date account of the Strasbourg case-law on the right to a fair trial. It focuses on the Court's most important fair trial cases which have been selected following the Court's Jurisconsult's opinion of their jurisprudential interest.
Päivi Hirvelä, Satu Heikkilä
book | published | 1st edition
July 2021 | liv + 372 pp.



ISBN 9781839700941



ISBN 9781839701863

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Every year, the European Court of Human Rights delivers a large number of judgments, adding to its already extensive case-law. This makes it difficult for people outside the Court to know which cases are the most relevant and break new ground for fair trial issues. This book seeks to respond to that need by focusing on the most important cases and aims to make the content of Article 6 accessible in order to best serve readers’ every-day practical legal needs The cases are selected following the Court’s Jurisconsult’s opinion of their jurisprudential interest. In addition, the book includes a number of other cases that raise issues of general interest, establish new principles, or develop or clarify the Court’s existing case-law. The case summaries draw the readers’ attention to the essential points, allowing them to focus on the jurisprudential significance of a particular case. A clear structure utilising detailed heading helps the reader to quickly find the relevant case-law.

Right to a Fair Trial – A Practical Guide to the Article 6 Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights is a comprehensive, easy-to-use and up-to-date reference book which provides a useful source of information for the practitioners, theorists and students in the field of human rights.


Päivi Hirvelä is Supreme Court Justice and former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Finland (2007-2015). She is a Doctor of Laws and regularly lectures in the field of human rights in the Universities of Helsinki, Turku and Lapland. She is a substitute member of the Venice Commission and lectures in the field of criminal procedure and human rights.

Satu Heikkilä has worked in the Council of Europe since 2004 and in the European Court of Human Rights since 2007, dealing with cases brought against Finland and Sweden. She is a non-judicial rapporteur for Finland and Sweden and a quality checker in the Court’s Rule 39 team. She is a Doctor of Laws both from the Universities of Helsinki and Strasbourg and currently lectures in the latter.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages (p. 0)

Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)

Chapter 2. Civil Rights and Obligations (p. 7)

Chapter 3. Criminal Charge (p. 43)

Chapter 4. Rights Guaranteed by Article 6 §1 (p. 59)

Chapter 5. Presumption of Innocence in Article 6 §2 (p. 229)

Chapter 6. Article 6 §3 and Special Guarantees in Criminal Proceedings (p. 257)