THE IMPACT OF THE REFORMS OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ON STRENGTHENING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is the most famous and
perhaps the most successful institution of the Council of Europe (CoE).
Within the CoE, there is an informal opinion that the Court is a "victim"
of its own success. The ECtHR has been continuously facing an
increasing influx of applications by European citizens pointing to human
rights violations. This phenomenon has necessitated the implementation
of effective reforms, both in the European Convention on Human Rights
(ECHR) and in the modalities of functioning of the ECtHR. This paper
analyzes the effects of reforms that have been implemented over the
years, with regard to the basic text of the ECHR, with a focus on the
efficiency of the functioning of the Court as well as the overall system
related to the protection of human rights. To that end, a special review is
made of the content of the declarations arising from high level
conferences organized by certain Member States during their
chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. In this context, this paper
analyzes the declarations that arise as a result of high-level conferences
in Interlaken, Izmir, Brighton, Brussels and Copenhagen.