by Dr Anton Burkov, PhD (Cantab), LLM (Essex)
Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Reform of the Court
and of Russian judicial practice?
On January 15th of this year, Russia became the last of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe to ratify Protocol 14 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which will now allow the long-awaited reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to begin. This commentary explores two basic questions: Why did Russia not ratify Protocol 14 for such a long time? And why has it now decided to ratify it after four years of delay?
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