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Reforming the ECtHR: would closer co-operation with national supreme courts help?

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Time: 17.30-19.00 (Registration 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

This discussion will review the reforms brought so far to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) machinery in order to increase its effectiveness and a new report proposing a new process of co-operation between senior national courts and the ECtHR. This new co-operation model is intended to assist both senior national courts and the ECtHR in identifying cases of importance which merit priority.

This new initiative is necessary because, despite progress made through the Interlaken Process, the ECtHR's docket remains chronically overloaded with meritorious cases. Even though the adoption of Protocol 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights led to significant improvements, a number of severe challenges remain to be addressed. This meeting will provide a forum to discuss what more should be done, and to evaluate the new co-operation proposal as a means to improve the functioning of the system. Given that the Committee of Ministers should decide, in a ten-yearly review this autumn, on additional measures to adopt, this event is particularly timely.


The Right Hon Lord Reed, Deputy President of the Supreme Court


  • Ed Bates, University of Leicester
  • Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Piers Gardner, Monckton Chambers

Event convened by Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law (BIICL) and Piers Gardner (Monckton Chambers).

Join in the conversation @BIICL #ECtHRReform

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This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 hours.

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