Does The European Court of Human Rights defend Democracy?

The relationship between the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the UK Parliament and our national courts is complex and problematic. The 2012 Brighton Declaration called for ‘information, proposals and views’ on reforming the Strasbourg court. Subsequently, in 2014, The Council of Europe identified weaknesses at the ECHR including a backlog of cases, an inadequate level of resources and...
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European law & UK Sovereignty

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has a backlog of about 150,000 cases and some believe it has become too powerful, that it is unaccountable and that it has discredited the concept of Human Rights as it fails to permit the UK government  flexibility in implementing the Convention (called “The margin of appreciation”) and also fails to accept the authority of  the UK...
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European Law and UK Sovereignty

EU Directives and Regulations and the judgements of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg increasingly affect our lives and the sovereignty of Parliament. For instance, can British courts be compelled to fine or imprison people for breaking EU laws, even if the Government and Parliament are opposed? Writing in The Sunday Times Newspaper (“The March of human rights stops here”), on...
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