European Court human rights law now a bit more accessible

4 October 2010 by

Many thanks to the ECHR Blog for highlighting some new features of the European Court of Human Rights website which should make its somewhat labyrinth case-law more accessible.

The Court has published a number of useful factsheets on its case-law and pending cases. These cover some of the issues which commonly arise in the court, including, for instance, child protection, Roma and travellers and homosexual rights. The full list is reproduced after the break below.

As the ECHR blog points out, the fact sheets add to those on key case-law issues which have unfortunately not been updated since 2007. So, get the factsheets whilst they are hot (that is, up to date) as they may not be updated for a while.

I have recently posted on the topic of online services provided by the UK courts. Our courts could be doing much more for access to justice, namely by providing press releases and summaries of judgments in order that the public (and, dare I say it, lawyers) better understand what decisions mean. The UK Supreme Court has been providing this service with great success for just over a year. It is good to see the European Court of Human Rights, a sometimes maligned and misunderstood institution, doing its bit to help.

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