This paper analyzes the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the relationship between state immunity and foreign state employees' right of access to a court, protected under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. While acknowledging that the case law of the Strasbourg Court has in many respects contributed to providing employees of foreign states with broader access to the courts of receiving states, the paper submits that the Court's handling of labour cases presents some major flaws. Namely, it is argued that (i) the Court's assessment of the norms of customary international law in the area of state immunity from employment lawsuits is ill-proven and largely unconvincing; (ii) this flawed assessment of custom has had a negative impact on the scope of employees' right of access to a court; and (iii) under the approach followed by the Strasbourg Court, certain categories of state employees may be left without any judicial means of obtaining redress. It appears crucial that the Court addresses such flaws in future cases.

State Immunity and the Rights of Employees: Lights and Shadows of the Strasbourg Court's Jurisprudence / Rossi, Pierfrancesco. - In: REVISTA DE DIREITO INTERNACIONAL. - ISSN 2237-1036. - 18:1(2021), pp. 61-77. [10.5102/rdi.v18i1.7164]

State Immunity and the Rights of Employees: Lights and Shadows of the Strasbourg Court's Jurisprudence

Rossi, Pierfrancesco
2021

Abstract

This paper analyzes the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the relationship between state immunity and foreign state employees' right of access to a court, protected under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. While acknowledging that the case law of the Strasbourg Court has in many respects contributed to providing employees of foreign states with broader access to the courts of receiving states, the paper submits that the Court's handling of labour cases presents some major flaws. Namely, it is argued that (i) the Court's assessment of the norms of customary international law in the area of state immunity from employment lawsuits is ill-proven and largely unconvincing; (ii) this flawed assessment of custom has had a negative impact on the scope of employees' right of access to a court; and (iii) under the approach followed by the Strasbourg Court, certain categories of state employees may be left without any judicial means of obtaining redress. It appears crucial that the Court addresses such flaws in future cases.
Alternative means of redress; employment claims; European Court of Human Rights; right of access to a court; State immunity
State Immunity and the Rights of Employees: Lights and Shadows of the Strasbourg Court's Jurisprudence / Rossi, Pierfrancesco. - In: REVISTA DE DIREITO INTERNACIONAL. - ISSN 2237-1036. - 18:1(2021), pp. 61-77. [10.5102/rdi.v18i1.7164]
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