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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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Abdi v. The United Kingdom

9 April 2013 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Expulsion - Immigration Detention | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Labsi v. Slovakia

15 May 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Expulsion - Extradition - National security / Public order - Terrorism | Countries: Algeria - Slovakia

NA. v. The United Kingdom

This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision.

17 July 2008 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Tamil | Countries: Sri Lanka - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Hilal v. The United Kingdom

6 June 2001 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return - Effective remedy - Expulsion | Countries: Tanzania, United Republic of - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Bensaid v. The United Kingdom

6 May 2001 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Mental health - Right to family life | Countries: Algeria - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Chahal v. The United Kingdom

15 November 1996 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return - Expulsion | Countries: India - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Chahal c. Royaume-Uni

15 November 1996 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return - Expulsion | Countries: India - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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