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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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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

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

A et autres c. Royaume-Uni

Cet arrêt est définitif. Il peut subir des retouches de forme.

19 February 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Anti-terrorism law - Arbitrary arrest and detention - Criminal justice - Effective remedy - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Pre-trial detention - Right to justice - Right to liberty and security - Terrorism | Countries: France - Jordan - Morocco - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A and Others v. United Kingdom

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

19 February 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Anti-terrorism law - Arbitrary arrest and detention - Criminal justice - Effective remedy - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Pre-trial detention - Right to justice - Right to liberty and security - Terrorism | Countries: France - Jordan - Morocco - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Saadi v. United Kingdom

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision. The Grand Chamber affirmed the <a href="?docid=44dc70a34&amp;page=search">judgment</a> of the Fourth Section delivered on 11 July 2006. UNHCR submitted an <a href="?docid=47c520722&amp;page=search">intervention</a> in this case.

29 January 2008 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Immigration Detention - Right to liberty and security - Rule of law / Due process / Procedural fairness - Temporary admission | Countries: Iraq - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Saadi c. Royaume-Uni

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision. The Grand Chamber affirmed the <a href="?docid=44dc70a34&amp;page=search">judgment</a> of the Fourth Section delivered on 11 July 2006.

29 January 2008 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Immigration Detention - Right to liberty and security - Rule of law / Due process / Procedural fairness - Temporary admission | Countries: Iraq - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

H.L. v. The United Kingdom

5 October 2004 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Mentally disadvantaged persons - Prison or detention conditions - Right to liberty and security | Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Scott v. Spain

18 December 1996 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Extradition - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Spain - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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