Putin signed law that places Constitutional Court above ECtHR

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation will be guided by the ‘principle of the Russian Constitution’s supremacy.’

15 December 2015 11:00

President Vladimir Putin signed a law that gives the right to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to determine whether to execute the decisions of intergovernmental bodies for the protection of human rights and freedoms, in particular, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The corresponding document was published on the official legal information web portal.

According to this law, the Constitutional Court, when making a decision, will be guided by the principle of the Russian Constitution’s supremacy. This law establishes a special legal mechanism for resolving the question of the possibility or impossibility ‘in terms of the principles of the supremacy and higher legal force of the Constitution to fulfill the decision rendered on the appeal against Russia.’

Just a reminder: The bill was introduced on November 18. The Russian State Duma adopted the law on December 4. It was supported by 436 deputies, and only three voted against. Deputies from different factions, headed by Vladimir Pligin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, were the initiator of the bill.