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6 Responsibility, 6.10 Al-Jedda v United Kingdom, App. No. 27021/08, European Court of Human Rights, 7 July 2011

Aurel Sari

From: Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations

Edited By: Cedric Ryngaert, Ige F Dekker, Ramses A Wessel, Jan Wouters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 29 June 2022

Subject(s):
Judges — Membership of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure — Responsibility of international organizations

The judgment in the Al-Jedda case represents an important milestone in the evolution of the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence on the extra-territorial application of the European Convention on Human Rights. In Al-Jedda, the Court seems to depart from its earlier case-law and accept the prevailing view that ‘effective control’ constitutes the proper standard for allocating responsibility between contributing states and international organizations engaged in the conduct of multinational military operations. At the same time, the judgment also highlights the difficulties involved in allocating responsibility in this context and the continued confusion surrounding the concepts of jurisdiction and international responsibility in the Court’s jurisprudence.

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