The Agenda of European Court is a non-profit media outlet founded in Baku in 2020. According to the platform's co-founder Khalid Agaliyev, the platform was born out of necessity. For years, some translations of the European Court's decisions were available but were not done systematically. Creating a translated resource interested Agaliyev for a long time, but he did not find financial support until 2020.
"The European Court of Human Rights is an essential tool for Azerbaijan because the judicial system in the country is extremely problematic. When citizens' rights are violated, they turn to the European Court of Human Rights as their last hope for redress. Unfortunately, this is our reality," Agaliyev says.
According to Agaliyev, citizens and lawyers needed this resource as there was a shortage of legal materials in Azerbaijan. "Nevertheless, many well-educated lawyers in the country study abroad and at local universities. That's why a section containing informative materials has been created on the website. Also, these materials have practical importance. For example, if someone wants to prepare an appeal to the European Court, they can use these materials," the platform's co-founder says.
The organisation is currently operating only in the Azerbaijani language. However, some materials are translated into English and published on the website. For example, annual reports and reviews on the country's justice system are written in Azerbaijani, primarily for international organisations, and then published in English.
According to Agaliyev, the platform has a small audience. Because this is specific information, other media portals, especially those that deliver alternative news to society, distribute the platform's materials and introduce the decisions of the European Court, primarily those related to Azerbaijan, to their audience.
Last updated: December 2022