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European Court of Human Rights

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Reforms to the European Court of Human Rights were agreed at the Council of Europe Conference in Brighton. Changes to the Convention, promoted by the UK Government,

introduce into the Convention the principles of ‘subsidiarity‘ ( the principle that the EU does not generally take action unless it is more effective than action taken at national level) and the ‘margin of appreciation‘ (taking account of cultural, historic and philosophical differences between Strasbourg and the national authority)

tighten the admissibility criteria so that trivial cases can be thrown out and free the court to concentrate on serious abuses;

reduce the time limit for claims from 6 months to 4

improve the selection process for judges

The Declaration can be read here.

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