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The Birth of the European Convention on Human Rights—and the European Court of Human Rights

Ed Bates

in The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694495
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694495.003.0002
The Birth of the European Convention on Human Rights—and the European Court of Human Rights

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This chapter addresses the background to the creation of the ECHR. From before the drafting within the Council of Europe, the chapter examines the actual drafting of the Convention by the Consultative Assembly and the Member States of the Council. The chapter comments on how the Convention was perceived in 1950, when it was opened for signature, and the form that the original supervisory machinery took at that stage. The emphasis then was placed on the (now defunct) European Commission of Human Rights; the Court was an optional institution and there was no certainty that it would even be established.

Keywords: ECHR; Council of Europe; Consultative Assembly; 1950

Chapter.  13692 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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