European Constitutional Law Review

Case Note

The Strasbourg Court on the Dayton Constitution: Judgment in the case of Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 22 December 2009

Samo Bardutzky*

On 22 December 2009, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (hereafter: the Court) issued a judgment on the applications filed by two citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Dervo Sejdić and Mr Jakob Finci. It found a violation of their rights under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and under the Protocols to the Convention. Bosnia and Herzegovina had violated the applicants' rights under Article 14 of the Convention in conjunction with Article 3 of Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and under Article 1 of Protocol No. 12 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Key Words:

  • European Court of Human Rights;
  • European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • European Commission for Democracy through Law;
  • Electoral law;
  • Right to stand for elections

Footnotes

* Researcher in constitutional law at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law; Senior Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia. Views expressed herein are personal. Comments are welcome at samo.bardutzky@pf.uni-lj.si.