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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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L.E. c. Grèce

21 January 2016 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Asylum-seekers - Prostitution / Commercial sex work - Survivors of trafficking / Persons at risk of trafficking - Trafficking in persons - Women-at-risk | Countries: Greece - Nigeria

M. and others v. Italy and Bulgaria

31 July 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Trafficking in persons | Countries: Bulgaria - Italy

V.F. c. La France

29 November 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Trafficking in persons | Countries: France - Nigeria

D.H. V. Finland

28 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Smuggling of persons - Trafficking in persons - Unaccompanied / Separated children | Countries: Somalia

L.R. v. United Kingdom

14 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Trafficking in persons | Countries: Albania - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Louled Massoud v. Malta

27 July 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Criminal justice - Immigration Detention - Right to liberty and security - Trafficking in persons | Countries: Algeria - Malta

Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia

7 January 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Contemporary forms of slavery - Forced labour - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Right to liberty and security - Right to life - Trafficking in persons | Countries: Russian Federation

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