Expatriates’ Voting Rights, European Consensus and States’ Margin of Appreciation (E.C.H.R., Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, 15 March 2012)
Professeure à l’Université de Fribourg (Suisse)
Assistante-docteure de recherche à l’Université de Fribourg (Suisse)
In the Grand Chamber judgment Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece of 15th March 2012, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that States are not under an obligation to enable their citizens living abroad to exercise their right to vote from their place of residence. The absence of an European consensus and the conformity with the principles of a democratic State in the contrasting judgments of the Chamber and the Grand Chamber in this case warrant an analysis in the light of the Court’s previous case-law.