(paragraphs 13 to 15). There outstanding reserves or proposals for amendment on paragraphs 3,9f(i), 11, 20e, 20f and 29, and on Chapter G.
High Level Conference on the Future of theEuropean Court of Human Rights
Draft Brighton Declaration12 April 2012
The High Level Conference meeting at Brighton on 19 and 20 April at the initiative of the United Kingdom
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (“the Conference”) declares as follows:
1. The States Parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
(“the Convention”) reaffirm their deep and abiding commitment to the Convention, and to the fulfilment of
their obligation under the Convention to secure to everyone within their jurisdiction the rights andfreedoms defined in the Convention.2. The States Parties also reaffirm their attachment to the right of individual application to the European
Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) a
s a cornerstone of the system for protecting the rights andfreedoms set forth in the Convention. The Court has made an extraordinary contribution to the protectionof human rights in Europe for over 50 years.3. The States Parties and the Court share responsibility for realising the effective implementation of theConvention, underpinned by the fundamental principle of subsidiarity.The Convention reflects theprinciple of the equality of States.States Parties must respect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by theConvention, and must effectively resolve violations at the national level. The Court acts as a safeguardfor violations that have not been remedied at national level. Where the Court finds a violation, StatesParties must abide by the final judgment of the Court.4. The States Parties and the Court also share responsibility for ensuring the viability of the Conventionmechanism. The States Parties are determined to work in partnership with the Court to achieve this,drawing also on the important work of the Committee of Ministersandthe Parliamentary Assembly of theCouncil of Europeand as well asthe Commissioner for Human Rightsand the other institutions and
bodies of the Council of Europe, and working in a spirit of co-operation with civil society and NationalHuman Rights Institutions.5.
The High Level Conference at Interlaken (“the Interlaken Conference”) in its Declaration of 19 February
2010 noted with deep concern that the deficit between applications introduced and applications disposedof continued to grow; it considered that this situation caused damage to the effectiveness and credibilityof the Convention and its supervisory mechanism and represented a threat to the quality and theconsistency of the case law and the authority of the Court. T
he High Level Conference at Izmir (“theIzmir Conference”) in its Declaration of 27 April 2011 welcomed the concrete progress achieved
following the Interlaken Conference. The States Parties are very grateful to the Swiss and TurkishChairmanships of the Committee of Ministers for having convened these conferences, and to all thosewho have helped fulfil the action and follow-up plans.