On Tuesday (17 February 2015), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced that the referral submitted by the Polish government in the cases of Al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, held in alleged CIA prisons in Poland, will not be considered by the Grand Chamber. Thus, the judgement issued in July 2014 is now final.
A dangerous tendency to excessively employ the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) still persists, whereas in many cases it would be possible to use other measures. Such was a conclusion of the debate at the annual conference of the Legal Expert Advisory Panel to Fair Trials International. Advocate Mikołaj Pietrzak participated in the meeting.
Constitutional Tribunal: Prohibition of Ritual Slaughter Violates the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights
The Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the prohibition of ritual slaughter and establishment of criminal liability for its performance violate the Polish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention). The application to the Constitutional Tribunal was prepared by advocate Mikołaj Pietrzak, advocate Paweł Osik and Małgorzata Mączka-Pacholak, lawyers with the Pietrzak Sidor & Partners Law Firm.