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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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Fact sheet - Hate Speech

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

F. v. United Kingdom

22 June 2004 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Decision on admissibility - Denial of refugee status - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) | Countries: Iran, Islamic Republic of - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Goodwin v. United Kingdom

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

11 July 2002 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) - Right to family life - Social group discrimination | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Sutherland v. The United Kingdom

27 March 2001 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Smith et Grady c. le Royaume-Uni

Jugement définitif 12 décembre 1999/

27 September 1999 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Armed forces / Military - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) - Right to family life - Right to justice | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Smith and Grady v. United Kingdom

Judgment became final on 27 December 1999.

27 September 1999 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Armed forces / Military - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) - Right to family life - Right to justice | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dudgeon v. United Kingdom

22 October 1981 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Criminal justice - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) - Right to family life - Sexual and reproductive rights | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dudgeon c. Royaume-Uni

22 October 1981 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Criminal justice - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) - Right to family life - Sexual and reproductive rights | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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