Case Commentary: Vinter and Others v. the United Kingdom: Hope for Lifers?

Available in Russian

Authors: Nikola Gnatovsky, Olena Kucher

Keywords: “Life means life” (“real life”, “mandatory life”) sentence; compassionate grounds; conditional release; inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; possibility of review


This commentary to the judgment by the Grand Chamber of European Court of Human Rights in the case Vinter and others v. the United Kingdom discusses the circumstances of the case and its history at the European Court of Human Rights. Primary attention is paid to the contents of the Grand Chamber judgment, pursuant to which the absence of an effective mechanism of release and possibility of review of the life sentence is a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights, as well as to the practical consequences of the judgment.