New Judgment on Trade Union Freedom of Expression

Publication Date:
07 November 2012
Dirk Voorhoof ,
Appeared in:
The Strasbourg Observers


The European Court of Human Rights delivered a new and remarkable judgment on trade union freedom of expression. In Szima v. Hungary the European Court concluded that a criminal conviction of a leader of a police trade union for having posted critical and offensive comments on the Union’s website was to be considered necessary in a democratic society for the prevention of disorder or crime, and more precisely of preserving order in the armed forces.