The 47 member States of the Council of Europe enjoy the protection of the European Court of Human Rights. Although this is one of the most effective regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights, in many areas the jurisprudence of the Court is relatively undeveloped, notably as regards equality issues. At the same time, new state practices, particularly in the area of counter-terrorism, are posing serious challenges to existing human rights standards. INTERIGHTS has sought to strengthen the jurisprudence of the Court through litigation either in partnership with local lawyers or independently through third party interventions.
The absence of specialist skills and experience on the European Convention on Human Rights in some of the Council of Europe’s new member States can significantly limit the effectiveness of the protection provided by the European Court of Human Rights. For this reason, INTERIGHTS has for many years provided specialist and highly practical training for lawyers focusing on Convention rights, enabling them to approach the Court more effectively.
Since 2000 INTERIGHTS has worked in the South Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) on joint projects aiming to improve national legal practice and strengthen the rule of law through strategic human rights litigation.