Council of Europe organised a workshop on reopening of criminal cases following ECtHR judgments and decisions on 27 July in Yerevan. This was an important initiative aimed at facilitating the discussion on reopening of cases at national level in case of unilateral declaration or friendly settlement.
With the participation of 35 stakeholders, including judges and judicial experts of the Court of Cassation, staff of the Office of the Representative of Armenia on International Legal Matters and representatives of the General Prosecutors Office, the workshop provided an important platform for engaging in constructive dialogue, addressing pending issues, and finding appropriate solutions. The invitees benefited from an open exchange of views with the Senior Legal Advisor, Registry of the ECtHR, on such topics as execution of strike out decisions and criteria for reopening of cases at national level based on unilateral declarations and friendly settlements as well as on potential conflict between the obligation to reopen domestic proceedings and the right not to be tried or punished twice under Article 4 of Protocol 7 to the ECHR.
The workshop was organised under the auspices of the Project “Support to the effective execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in Armenia”, funded by Human Rights Trust Fund and implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia for 2023-2026.