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European Court of Human Rights
Brighton Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights – April 2012
JUSTICE 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.
- Angela Patrick’s, JUSTICE’s Director of Human Rights Policy, in-depth analysis of the Brighton Declaration. Her verdict? It is too early to assess its real impact, ‘there is work yet to be done’.
- JUSTICE’s joint submission to the conference, delivered by Nuala Mole of the Aire Centre
- JUSTICE’s joint statement on national implementation, delivered to the conference by Roisin Pillay of the International Commission of Jurists
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.
- Angela Patrick – Don’t believe the myth: Strasbourg is doing a good job (Guardian, 17 April 2012)
- Roger Smith – letter to The Times – 5 March 2012
- Joint NGO statements on the future of the European Court of Human Rights: