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The European Convention On Human Rights

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For the Council of Europe, the promotion and protection of human rights was as much a means of achieving the goal of greater European unity as it was an important end in itself. In this respect, the Council has adopted over two hundred international instruments,6 of which the most notable for its success is the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The broad objective of this chapter is to assess the contribution of the Court to the development of the legal character of the rights set out in the Convention. Th is task will be undertaken by assessing the opportunities off ered by the text of the treaty itself, as well as by looking at the approach adopted and techniques employed by the Court to convert abstract guarantees to tangible legal outcomes. The Convention creates legally binding obligations and is recognised in international law as a source of law.

Keywords: council of europe; European Convention; european unity; human rights; international law



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