26 Jul 2023

ENNHRI’s first written third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights

ENNHRI’s first third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights was in the case Big Brother Watch & others v. the United Kingdom (UK). This concerned surveillance regimes in the UK. This was followed in 2019 by a third-party intervention in the same case before the Grand Chamber. The Court’s final judgment was a landmark in the areas of mass surveillance and the right to privacy.

Prior to this in 2008, NHRIs made their first collective intervention before the Court. This was in the case D.D. v. Lithuania and related to the legal capacity rights of people with a disability.