On 26 January 2012 the European Court of Human Rights held its annual press conference. On this occasion, Sir Nicolas Bratza, the President of the Court, presented a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2011. Among others he said that the European governments must assume their part of the shared responsibility for the protection of human rights across the continent. Basically, that means that for the ECtHR to be able to cope with its case-load, which at 31 December 2011 stood at 151,600 cases, there is an urgent need for an overhaul of certain domestic laws and legal practices. The 2011 Annual Report of the ECtHR can be accessed here (154 pages). A succinct presentation of the activity of the Court in facts and figures can be accessed here (9 pages). For an analysis of the Court’s statistics click here.
The Activity of the European Court of Human Rights in 2011
I work at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights of the University of Oslo. Previously I have worked at the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights of Utrecht University. During the last seventeen years I have done research, published and taught in the areas of international human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and public international law at universities in the Netherlands, US, China, Albania and Norway.