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High Level Conference on the Future
of the European Court of Human Rights

Brighton, United Kingdom, 18-20 April 2012


The United Kingdom organised, within the framework of the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, a high level conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights in Brighton on 18-20 April 2012.

At the Interlaken (2010) and Izmir (2011) Conferences, the member States of the Council of Europe, while recognising the extraordinary contribution of the Court to the protection of human rights in Europe, agreed unanimously that reform of the Court is needed in order to ensure the continuing effectiveness of the Convention system. The aim of the Brighton Conference was to agree on a package of concrete reforms to ensure that the Court can be most effective for all 800 million citizens of Council of Europe member States. This was the message delivered by Prime Minister David Cameron in his recent visit to Strasbourg.


Brighton declaration


Council of Europe Press release



Address by Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Address by Mr Niels Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

Address by Mr Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assemblee of the Council of Europe