oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Human rights and criminal law: the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on the adminstration of justice of its members

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



On September 1953, the European Convention on Human Rights became law for eight European countries. The main points of this paper involve the content of this Convention, the working of its organs, and the main issues of criminal law and procedure that have been adjudicated so far. In Europe a firm grasp of the protections enshrined in the Convention is now required of lawyers and students in countries which have ratified it, and a rising tide of literature, reports, journals and institutions helps to spread the idea of human rights as well as the judicial results of the decisions made under the Convention.

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