Azerbaijan’s Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov met with European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) President, Guido Raimondi, in Strasbourg, December 14th. The main focus of discussions was court reforms in Azerbaijan and the participation of Azerbaijani judges at ECHR trainings. Raimondi welcomed Azerbaijan’s efforts regarding improving its court system, putting a special emphasis on executing ECHR decisions in the country.
Reforms in Azerbaijan’s court system have included boosting the independence of judges as well as accelerating the application of European standards in judge appointments, particularly in light of the modernization of court infrastructure and the introduction of electronic court services.
ECHR is an international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe’s international treaty to protect human rights in Europe. It hears complaints regarding breaches of civil and political human rights. Azerbaijan is represented by two judges at ECHR. In 2016, Azerbaijan’s contribution the Council of Europe’s budget was EUR 1,277,189, according to an ECHR official report.