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8 The Netherlands before the European Court of Human Rights

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The international court that has adjudicated in more cases involving the Netherlands than any other is, without a doubt, the European Court of Human Rights ('the Court') in Strasbourg. This chapter highlights a selection of cases that illustrate the impact of the Court on the development of the law in the Netherlands. Partly in response to the atrocities suffered and the serious human rights violations encountered during the Second World War, ten Western European States founded the Council of Europe on 5 May 1949. The Convention created a right of individual petition - the right of individuals and organizations to challenge their governments through the Strasbourg process, by taking their case to the European Commission of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.

Keywords: Council of Europe; European Commission of Human Rights; European Court of Human Rights; Netherlands; right of individual petition; Strasbourg



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