The European Court of Human Rights is NOT an EU institution

Here’s the text of a note we sent to newsdesks at the end of last year, which bears repeating:

Information note to Newsdesks: European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is not part of the European Union (EU)

Newsdesks and subeditors are asked to note that decisions of the European Court of Human Rights should not be referred to as EU decisions, and the judgements should not be attributed to “EU judges”, or any similar language. The European Court of Human Rights is part of the Council of Europe, a completely separate organisation to the European Union. The UK is a founding member of the Council of Europe, which was created in 1949 by the Treaty of London.

Council of Europe website: http://www.coe.int

Membership of the Council of Europe is now a precondition of EU membership, but the UK was a member of the CoE long before it joined the Common Market/ECC/EU and if it left the EU, I very very much doubt it would leave the CoE, and certainly wouldn’t do so automatically.

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6 responses to “The European Court of Human Rights is NOT an EU institution

  1. Antonia,

    Only sixty years have passed since the establishment of the Council of Europe and the (European) Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). Is it a tad hasty to expect UK editors to adapt to new realities in such a short time?

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