A critical appraisal of the ECtHR with reference to the effects of the increased membership of the Council of Europe and the corresponding expansion of the Cour

The European Court of Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

  1. Introduction

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) was created for the purpose of putting method and order in the hearing of human rights complaints from Council of Europe member states. It’s mission is to enforce the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, ratified in 1953.1 There have been beneficial changes as an outcome, and one of this is that countries found to have been amiss in their obligations under the Convention are duty bound to make their laws comply.2  On the other hand, there are many criticisms to the ECtHR’s procedures and jurisprudence with the member state’s national laws in tow.
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