Of Parties, Third Parties, and Treaty Interpretation: Ukraine v. Russia (X) before the European Court of Human Rights

Author: Justine Batura
Published: 26.09.2022
States are currently (re-)discovering their legal possibilities to express solidarity with Ukraine in its ‘lawfare’ against Russia. Following a joint statement of 41 States and the EU calling ‘upon the international community to explore all options to support Ukraine in its proceedings before the ICJ’, a large number of States have requested to intervene in The Hague. Meanwhile, an even greater wave of intervention requests has reached the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR): more than half of all member States have expressed interest in intervening as third-party in Ukraine’s application concerning the Russian full-scale invasion in February 2022. It…