ANU Law research cited by judges in the European Court of Human Rights

International law

ANU College of Law's Dr Ryan Goss has had his book, “Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention” (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2014), cited in the European Court of Human Rights. Dr Goss’s book was a revised and updated version of his Oxford doctoral thesis.

Judges Sajó and Laffranque cited Dr Goss’ book in their Joint Partly Dissenting, Partly Concurring Opinion in the Grand Chamber’s decision in Ibrahim v United Kingdom (13 September 2016).  Ibrahim concerned a number of applicants who had been involved in an attempted terrorist attack in London in July 2005. The European Court of Human Rights examined, among other things, the extent to which Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteed the availability of legal advice during police questioning.

Judges Sajó and Laffranque drew on Dr Goss’ research in making their argument that ‘there is no logically compelling ground to claim that only an “overall fairness” evaluation (based on the outcome of the trial) can result in a finding of a violation of Article 6.’

Dr Goss’s book, first published in hardback in 2014, has also just been released in paperback form by Hart Publishing (available from September 2016).

The research for the book, and for the thesis that the book developed, was supported by the Rhodes Trust, Lincoln College (University of Oxford), and ANU Law. The original doctoral thesis was supervised by Professor Andrew Ashworth (Oxford) and examined by Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) and Associate Professor Liora Lazarus (Oxford).

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