Press release - DC044(2012)

High-level conference in the UK to consider the future of the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg, 17.04.2012 – Ministers and senior representatives from the Council of Europe’s 47 member countries will gather in Brighton from 18 to 20 April to discuss possible reforms to the European Court of Human Rights.

The UK Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, will formally open the conference at the Brighton Conference Centre at 9am on Thursday 19 April.

This will be followed by opening remarks from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Jean-Claude Mignon, and the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Sir Nicolas Bratza, among others.

Participants at the conference will aim to reach agreement on a package of measures, to be known as the Brighton Declaration, which are intended to ensure that the court continues to effectively serve Europe’s 800 million citizens.

They will also discuss how to promote better implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level, a key theme of the on-going reform process.

The conference is taking place as part of the United Kingdom’s six-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. It follows on from similar events held in Interlaken in 2010 and Izmir in 2011.

If approved, the Brighton Declaration is likely to be transmitted to the Committee of Ministers for endorsement when the chairmanship passes from the United Kingdom to Albania in Strasbourg on 23 May.


Further information on the conference, including background documentation, is available here

UK Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland are due to give a press conference at 15.30 local time on Thursday 19 April

One-to-one media interviews will be arranged on the spot

For any further information, please contact either

- the Spokesperson of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on + 33 668 29 87 51


- Council of Europe Media Officer Andrew Cutting via or +32 485 217 202

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11