• I chapter 20 years ago, the Kudla v. Poland judgment
  • II chapter Punish and Care
  • III chapter Material conditions of detention
  • IV chapter Prison violence
  • V chapter Bringing the law into prison
  • VI chapter What prospects for European prison law?
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Chapter 1 — 20 years ago, the Kudla v. Poland judgment
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The techniques employed by the European Court of Human Rights to protect the rights of detainees

Unlike other international instruments to protect human rights[1], the European Convention on Human Rights only protects people deprived of their liberty from arbitrary detention[2]. This absence of a standard, which was deplored by the European judge A. Spielmman[3] and is surprising given the post-war context that gave rise to the European Convention, is not however […]

Chapter 1 — 20 years ago, the Kudla v. Poland judgment
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Prison, a sentence-problem

Why today do militants still need to worry about what is happening in prisons, to inform people and fight to ensure that detainees’ rights are respected? And why do national and European judges need to assess whether fundamental rights are respected? Have prisons not been reformed, rights recognised and the penitentiary authorities inspected? The answer […]