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The European Court of Human Rights

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The current European Convention on Human Rights has explicit provisions on the contentious jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). An initial point to be made is that ostensibly no distinction is clearly made between matters of competence (compétence) and those of admissibility (recevabilité). For the admissibility of an individual application, five additional requirements were that the application (i) was not anonymous; (ii) was not substantially the same as a matter which had already been examined by the Commission or had already been submitted to another procedure of international investigation or settlement and contained no relevant new information; (iii) was not incompatible with the provisions of the Convention; (iv) was not manifestly ill-founded; and (v) did not constitute an abuse of the right to lodge an application. The Convention does not address the mater of interim measures in urgent cases.

Keywords: admissibility; competence; European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)



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