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The Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights

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This chapter examines the process of choosing the judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In the European Court, the independence of the judges is arguably more challenged than in any other. There are a number of ways in which the independence of any judge may be secured: among these are their security of tenure, the manner of their selection and their social protection both during and after their term of office. There does seem to be a very important role for the Parliamentary Assembly and its ad hoc Committee to play in the election of judges. As it operates now, that role is greatly diminished by its modus operandi. This is further compounded by the Convention requirement that it choose from a list of three.

Keywords: ad hoc committee; Election; European Court; European Court of Human Rights (ECHR); Human; judicial election; Parliamentary Assembly; ratification process



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