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Experts call for views on reform of ECHR system

19 November 2013

An open call for reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights has been made by the expert committee charged with considering the future of the Convention system.

The Council of Europe’s committee of experts is seeking information, proposals and views on the issue of the longer-term reform of human rights protection in Europe, as part of the process following the Brighton Declaration, adopted at last year's high-level conference in the town. The exercise is focusing on questions of general policy, rather than points relating to individual cases.

In the Declaration, the Council's 47 member states were invited to

  • consider the future of the Convention system, to encompass future challenges to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Convention, and how the court can best fulfil its twin role of providing a safeguard for individuals and authoritatively interpreting the Convention;
  • carry out a comprehensive analysis of potential options for the future role and function of the court, including analysis of how to preserve the Convention system in essentially its current form, as well as more profound changes with the aim of reducing the number of cases that have to be addressed by the court;
  • examine the procedure for supervision of the execution of the court's judgments, and the affording of just satisfaction to applicants;

all with the participation and advice of external experts in order to facilitate the fullest possible analysis of the issues and possible solutions.

The process is deliberately intended to be open and inclusive, allowing questions to be raised and examined concerning all aspects of the Convention system and the court.

Information, proposals and views received through this process, along with other material, will initially be examined by a group composed of experts appointed by national governments, and "external" experts. The results will ultimately be included in a report of the Steering Committee for Human Rights, to be submitted by 15 April 2015 to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

Contributions should be kept as short as possible, and submitted in English or French, by midday (12pm, French local time) on Monday 27 January 2014.

Click here for further information and to access the submission form.

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