Amanda Lorenzo


Chocholáč v. Slovakia asks whether Slovakia’s disciplinary actions against a prisoner in possession of concealed pornographic materials violated the European Convention of Human Rights (“the Convention”). Roman Chocholáč, a thirtythree-year-old currently serving a life sentence in Leopoldov prison was found possessing a “popular weekly magazine” with sexually-explicit pictures pasted inside. The State deemed the added material a threat to morality and prison staff confiscated it. On November 21, 2017, Chocholáč v. Slovakia was brought to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), presenting legal questions under Slovakia’s Criminal Code and Execution of Prison Sentences Act, as well as Articles 8 and 10 of the Convention. The Convention affords prisoners “all the fundamental rights . . . guaranteed . . . save for the right to liberty.”