Implementing ECHR judgments: 10-year reform process brings clear results

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 4 April 2019
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Implementing ECHR judgments: 10-year reform process brings clear results

Reforms to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights have clearly improved the implementation of judgments from the European court in Strasbourg, according to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.

The report states that 2,073 leading cases, highlighting important structural problems, have been closed since the “Interlaken” reform process began in 2010, due to constitutional, legislative and other significant reforms introduced by member states with the help of the Council of Europe (1).

In addition, 6,796 repetitive cases have been closed by the committee in the last two years alone as a result of steps taken by the member states to provide redress, including damages, to individual applicants.

The number of leading cases still pending was down to 1,248 at the end of 2018, the lowest figure since 2010, and the total number of cases yet to be fully implemented – including repetitive cases – reached its lowest level since 2006.

(1) This compares to 663 leading cases being closed between 1998 and 2009.

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