Landmark ruling by ECHR Grand Chamber for Azerbaijani refugees displaced during the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh


The European Court of Human Rights has delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Chiragov and Others v Armenia in a long-running case in which Michelle Butler represented the applicants (led by Mark Muller QC of Doughty Street Chambers). The Court held that there were continuing violations of the applicants’ rights under Articles 1, 8 and 13 of the Convention, relating to their inability to return to their homes and property following their displacement as a result of the conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The area in question is controlled by Armenia. The judgment will have a significant impact on the hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Azerbaijanis who have been internally displaced or have become refugees because of this conflict, for whom there are several thousand cases pending, as well as having wider implications for others displaced or made refugees by conflict across Europe. To read the ECHR press release please click here.