European Court of Human Rights

Brighton Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights – April 2012

European Court of Human RightsJUSTICE was one of a small number of international and national organisations invited to participate in the high-profile Brighton Conference. The conference concluded with ‘The Brighton Declaration’ of 19 April 2012.

JUSTICE welcomed the declaration’s commitment to the future of the Court and the right of individual petition to it. But we are cautious over agreement to amend the European Convention on Human Rights in a way which could undermine its universal application and restrict judicial independence. 

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The run-up to Brighton

JUSTICE’s work in the period immediately before the Brighton Conference centred on UK proposals which could have neutered the European Court of Human Rights and damaged the long-term viability of the European Convention.

We worked closely with other organisations and institutions to call upon states to reject these proposals. 

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