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Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for the Rule of Law

15th May 2017

Time: 17:30-19:30 (Registration open from 17:00)
Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

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This event will provide an opportunity to hear leading experts comment on the UK's implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and to reflect on the wider implementation crisis at Strasbourg.

Following our successful event last year on reform of the European Court of Human Rights and its longer-term future, the Bingham Centre and Leicester Law School are organising another event in London, this time focusing on the implementation of the Court's judgments. In its 2015 annual report, the Committee of Ministers, which is responsible for supervising the execution of the Court's judgments, reported that while the total number of pending cases had fallen, the number of leading cases pending had continued to rise. In addition, there had been a continued increase of cases pending for more than 5 years. Failing to implement the Court's judgments in a timely and effective manner undermines the rule of law, and poses significant challenges for the credibility and legitimacy of the Convention system.

Speakers at this event will discuss the UK's record of implementation and the impact of the Court's judgments in this country. They will consider the UK government's recent report 'Responding to Human Rights Judgments' which outlines its position on the implementation of the Court's judgments and responds to recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in its 2015 scrutiny report 'Human Rights Judgments'. We will also hear a UK government perspective "from the inside" on the Committee of Ministers and its work supervising the execution of judgments.

Speakers will then consider the wider picture of implementation across the member states and will reflect on the process for the execution of judgments and the role of the Committee of Ministers in this regard.

Chair

  • Murray Hunt, Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Incoming Director, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Speakers

  • Merris Amos, Reader in Human Rights Law, QMUL
  • Dr Ed Bates, Associate Professor, Leicester Law School
  • Eleanor Hourigan, Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Delegation to the Council of Europe
  • Nuala Mole, Founder and Senior Lawyer, The Aire Centre
  • Prof Philip Leach, Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), Middlesex University London, and Vice-Chair of the European Implementation Network (EIN)

Event convened by: Lucy Moxham (Associate Senior Research Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law) and Dr Ed Bates (Associate Professor, Leicester Law School)

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