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HUMSS - Aleksandr Khechumyan

Aleksandr Khechumyan

External Junior Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow)

Art.3 of the ECHR and Continued Imprisonment of Seriously Ill/Elderly Prisoners
Wann 19.12.2022
von 15:00 bis 16:00
Wo FRIAS Seminar Room
Teilnehmer Universitätsoffen / open to university members
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Art.3 of the ECHR and Continued Imprisonment of Seriously Ill/Elderly Prisoners

Deprivation of the right to liberty after conviction by a court of law is explicitly authorised in many international and regional human rights treaties and national Constitutions. Elderly or seriously ill people are not exempted from imprisonment as a punishment for a crime. However, cruel, inhuman, degrading, or unusual punishment is almost universally prohibited. Although imprisonment after conviction by a competent court per se is not regarded as cruel, inhuman, degrading, or unusual punishment, courts at both international and national levels have interpreted respective provisions as imposing some limits on administration of imprisonment. Different courts and tribunals have interpreted the prohibition of cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment as putting limits on method and manner of administration of imprisonment. Furthermore, the same provision has been interpreted as putting limits on prison sentences of excessive length and requiring rigorous procedural safeguards in order to ensure compatibility of ultimate sentences such as life imprisonment with human rights. This research explores the above outlined human rights limits of imprisonment with reference to the jurisprudence of European Court of Human Rights. It aims to highlight the relevant principles in order to explore their applicability to continued imprisonment of elderly and seriously ill prisoners.