Justice: European Courts

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Spokesperson for Women and Equality

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.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

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.

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