Can the UK “correct” a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights?

In an interview with The Telegraph, British Justice Secretary Dominic Raab announced a review of the UK’s human rights law. The new law should make it possible to “correct” rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. But is this allowed?

Europe Factcheck Episode 12: Can the UK ‘correct’ the European Court of Human Rights decision?

He. She European Court of Human Rights It is the highest body in Europe that can rule on human rights issues. They do this on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights. This treaty was signed by all 47 members of the Council of Europe.

Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights are binding only on the member state against which the judgment was issued. Raab wants to amend the law in such a way that the British government can “correct” the ruling if it is not satisfactory. They want to reduce Europe’s influence on British national politics.


Says Jan Peter Loew, Vice-Chancellor of the EU Law School Human Rights and Lecturer of Constitutional Law and Humanitarian Law at Leiden University.

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