Human Rights Lawyer Services

I offer you my long-term experience of legal practice in the area of the European Convention on Human Rights and in the ECHR proceedings, to assess whether the domestic authorities have violated human rights in your case and to provide you legal assistance.

For detailed terms and conditions of our work please contact my assistant, Ms. Yelena Riefert, by phone indicated in the contacts section. Explain her circumstances of your case with an increased focus on the most important aspects of your particular problem. You also should send us all important documents for assessing the prospects of your case in the European Court.

After this, we will make an appointment during which you will be able to present once again all peculiarities of your situation. In the course of our consultation you will receive professional legal advice and exhaustive information about possibilities of applying to the European Court as well as detailed description of all the stages of the forthcoming proceedings. The consultation can be held in Germany or abroad.

If you are in detention, it does not prevent our co-operation. I will not only contact your detention facility, but will organise a meeting as well, and will personally take part in it, in order to establish all relevant circumstances of your case.

We will render you legal assistance in the following cases:
1. Your relatives or other close persons were deprived of life
2. You’ve been deprived of your business
2a. You fell victim to illicit acquisition of business
3. You’ve been unlawfully arrested
3a. You’ve been denied access to lawyer or legal aid
3b. You’ve been restricted in your choice of a lawyer
4. You are in pre-trial detention, but consider yourself to be non-guilty on charges brought against you
4a. You’ve been staying in pre-trial detention excessively long without justification
4b. You’ve been subjected to mental or physical torture in detention
4c. You are detained in appalling conditions You’ve been held in a cell with an inmate suffering from tuberculosis or other infectious diseases
5. You’ve been subjected to pressure on the part of law-enforcement authorities
6. You’ve been blackmailed by law-enforcement officers
7. You’ve been tortured or ill-treated during arrest or interviews
7a. Your status of witness in criminal proceedings was changed to a defendant
8. You’ve been subjected to mental coercion by police officers
8a. Police officers intimidated you in order to make you sign confession
9. Judgment in your criminal case was issued in breach of procedural rules
10. Proceedings in your case were unfair
10a. You’ve been denied opportunity to question witnesses

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1. Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.


2. Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of this Article when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary:


(a) in defence of any person from unlawful violence;


(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;


(c) in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection.


No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.


2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.


3. For the purpose of this Article the term “forced or compulsory labour” shall not include:


(a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention;


(b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognised, service exacted instead of compulsory military service;


(c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community;


(d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.


1. Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure prescribed by law:


(a) the lawful detention of a person after conviction by a competent court; (b) the lawful arrest or detention of a person for noncompliance with the lawful order of a court or in order to secure the fulfilment of any obligation prescribed by law;


(c) the lawful arrest or detention of a person effected for the purpose of bringing him before the competent legal authority on reasonable suspicion of having committed an offence or when it is reasonably considered necessary to prevent his committing an offence or fleeing after having done so;


(d) the detention of a minor by lawful order for the purpose of educational supervision or his lawful detention for the purpose of bringing him before the competent legal authority;


(e) the lawful detention of persons for the prevention of the spreading of infectious diseases, of persons of unsound mind, alcoholics or drug addicts or vagrants;


(f) the lawful arrest or detention of a person to prevent his effecting an unauthorised entry into the country or of a person against whom action is being taken with a view to deportation or extradition.


2. Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language which he understands, of the reasons for his arrest and of any charge against him.


3. Everyone arrested or detained in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 (c) of this Article shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorised by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release pending trial. Release may be conditioned by guarantees to appear for trial.


4. Everyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take proceedings by which the lawfulness of his detention shall be decided speedily by a court and his release ordered if the detention is not lawful.


5. Everyone who has been the victim of arrest or detention in contravention of the provisions of this Article shall have an enforceable right to compensation.


1. In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Judgment shall be pronounced publicly but the press and public may be excluded from all or part of the trial in the interests of morals, public order or national security in a democratic society, where the interests of juveniles or the protection of the private life of the parties so require, or to the extent strictly necessary in the opinion of the court in special circumstances where publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.


2. Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.


3. Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:


(a) to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;


(b) to have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence;


(c) to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing or, if he has not sufficient means to pay for legal assistance, to be given it free when the interests of justice so require;


(d) to examine or have examined witnesses against him and to obtain the attendance and examination of witnesses on

his behalf under the same conditions as witnesses against him;


(e) to have the free assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language used in court.


1. No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.


2. This Article shall not prejudice the trial and punishment of any person for any act or omission which, at the time when it was committed, was criminal according to the general principles of law recognised by civilised nations.


1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.


2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.


1. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.


2. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.


1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.


2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.


1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.


2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This Article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.


Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and to found a family, according to the national laws governing the exercise of this right.


Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.


The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.


In case I reach a conclusion as to the possibility of a plausible outcome of proceedings, you can retain me as a legal counsel to represent you before the European Court. After carefully studying case materials in your possession I will select and translate the most relevant documents which will serve as a basis for the complaint.

Principal arguments of your case will be formulated in accordance with the European Court’s case-law. After your application is accepted by the Court for the assessment of its admissibility, you will be informed about a registration number assigned to it. From this point, my duties as your lawyer will consist of:

- official correspondence with the Registry of the Court, additional submissions concerning the complaint;

- review and analysis of written submissions of the Respondent Government, preparation of counter-arguments contesting false statements made by the Government;

- representing you in oral hearings.

Your complaint can possibly attract the Government’s attention. In this case, my additional involvement will be necessary: we will have to hold additional consultations to determine the exact amount of desired pecuniary damages and I will personally take part in any possible negotiations with a Government. Additional legal services which I provide as a lawyer practising in Europe can be discussed at a meeting.

Offered services:

  • Oral consultation on the prospects of success with your case in the European Court of Human Rights
  • Written consultation on the prospects of success with your case in the European Court of Human Rights
  • Assessment of complaints’ admissibility
  • Preparation of a complaint to the European Court
  • Official correspondence with the Registry of the Court concerning your complaint
  • Review and analysis of written Government submissions
  • Preparation of applicant’s observations in reply to observations (memorandum) of the Government
  • Personal participation in the European Court’s hearings in Strasbourg
  • Comprehensive legal support service covering the entire proceedings in your case
  • Preparation of petitions for pardon, clemency and parole
  • Control of security of life and limb in of detention