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Survey of Applications against Spain Lodged with the European Court of Human Rights

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The jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights was recognised immediately on ratification, for a period of three years from 15 October 1979, and that acceptance was renewed periodically until the entry into force of Protocol No. 11 on 1 November 1998, when the Court’s jurisdiction became automatic in respect of Contracting States. The development in the number of applications lodged against Spain largely reflects the global evolution over the more than 50 years of the functioning of the Convention system. The central role which freedom of expression plays in a democratic society has been strongly emphasised by the Court on many occasions. No one doubts nowadays that the European Convention on Human Rights and the body of case-law developed over more than half a century of functioning of the supervisory organs, the Commission and the Court form part of the legal culture of European States, including Spain.

Keywords: case-law; Contracting States; democratic society; European Convention on Human Rights; European Court of Human Rights; Spain

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