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Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights

The Court, based in Strasbourg, was set up as a result of the European Convention on Human Rights, created in 1950. This set out a catalogue of civil and political rights and freedoms. It allows people to lodge complaints against States which have signed up to the Convention for alleged violations of those rights. Although founded in 1950, the Court did not actually come into existence until 1959. It gained its present form as a single European Court of Human Rights when Protocol No. 11 to the ECHR took effect in 1998.

The Court is currently made up of 47 judges, one in principle for every State signed up to the Convention. They are elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and serve for six years. Judges sit on the Court as individuals and do not represent their country.  Website: www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home
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Death Penalty Abolition

October 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law Compilations/Analyses

Al-Saadoon and Mufdhi v. United Kingdom

2 March 2010 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

Al-Saadoon and Mufdhi v. United Kingdom

30 June 2009 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

Gasayev c. l'Espagne

17 February 2009 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

Ayashi v. Turkey

18 November 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

Hummatov v. Azerbaijan

29 November 2007 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

Nasrulloyev v. Russia

11 October 2007 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law

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