Human Rights Committee, General Comment 13, Article 14, Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Since Article 14 of the Iniernational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is of a complex nature, this General Comment elaborates, in detail, the different aspects of the fair trial guarantees listed in the Coventant. Link to Report

Without Protection: How the Lebanese Justice System Fails Migrant Domestic Workers

This report highlights Lebanon's judicial failure to protect migrant domestic workers in an environment which facilitates the violation of their fundamental rights, which include the right to a fair trial. Link to Report

Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

This article presents the basic principles of the independence of the judiciary which have been formulated to assist Member States in their task of securing and promoting the independence of the judiciary. Link to article

Issues in focus – Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

These reports present observations by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the different institutions, legal insufficiencies, policies, and judicial practices which, in its opinion, are the cause for the occurrence of cases of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and on best practices safeguarding against arbitrary deprivation of liberty. Link to Reports

Rule 100. Fair Trial Guarantees

Rule 100: No one may be convicted or sentenced, except pursuant to a fair trial affording all essential judicial guarantees. This article elaborates on the guarantees of fair trial as a norm of customary international law applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts. Link to Article

Communique: Presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial

This report is a proposed directive on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings. Link to Report

Submission to Criminal Procedure Rules Committee on new extradition appeals rules

This report introduces a requirement for appellants to the High Court against an extradition decision to obtain the High Court’s permission to appeal. During the passage of the 2014 Act, Fair Trials repeatedly raised concerns about the removal of the automatic right to appeal in extradition cases and is therefore concerned to ensure that the [...]

Third Party Intervention: ?ierny v Slovakia

This report presents a  third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ?ierny v Slovakia, which, inter alia, requires an assessment of whether a waiver of the right to a lawyer and the right to silence was validly given. Link to Report

Third Party Intervention: A.T. v Luxembourg

This report presents a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of A.T. v. Luxembourg, which concerns the application of the principles established in the Court’s judgment in Salduz v. Turkey. Link to Report

Policy report: Stockholm’s Sunset: New horizons for justice in Europe

Fair Trials International has published this major report reviewing the achievements of the Stockholm Programme, and looking ahead to the future of fair trial rights in the EU. Link to Report