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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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Babar Ahmad and Others v. The United Kingdom

10 April 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Armed groups / Militias / Paramilitary forces / Resistance movements - Criminal justice - Diplomatic assurances - Extradition - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Prison or detention conditions - Terrorism | Countries: Egypt - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

N. and Others v. the United Kingdom (Statement of Facts)

15 March 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Credibility assessment | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fact sheet - Hate Speech

February 2012 | Publisher: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law Compilations/Analyses

Harkins and Edwards v. United Kingdom

17 January 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Extradition - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - United States of America

Othman (Abu Qatada) v. The United Kingdom

17 January 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Criminal justice - Diplomatic assurances - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Non-refoulement - Regional instruments - Right to justice - Right to liberty and security - Torture - Treaties / Agreements / Charters / Protocols / Conventions / Declarations | Countries: Jordan - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Genovese v. Malta

11 October 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Citizenship / Nationality law - Denial of nationality - Multiple nationality - Proof of nationality - Right to a nationality | Countries: Malta

Bah v. United Kingdom

27 September 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Right to family life | Countries: Sierra Leone - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A.A. v. the United Kingdom

20 September 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Legal Instrument: 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) | Topic(s): Right to family life | Countries: Nigeria - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Al-Jedda v. United Kingdom

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision.

7 July 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): International armed conflict - Pre-trial detention - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Iraq - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Al-Skeini and Others v. United Kingdom

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision.

7 July 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): International armed conflict - Right to life - Security forces - Security situation | Countries: Iraq - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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