Human Rights Joint Committee - Fourth Report
4th Report - Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be printed 26 November 2014.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction


Increasing Parliament's involvement in the adoption of human rights treaties

Our inquiry into Protocol 15

The purpose of our Report

2 Background and effect of Protocol 15

The UK's Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

The Prime Minister's speech to the Council of Europe

The Brighton Declaration

The effect of Protocol 15

3 Addition to the Preamble to the ECHR

Inclusion of reference to subsidiarity and the margin of appreciation

The purpose of the amendment of the Preamble

The implications of the amended Preamble

4 Changes to admissibility requirements

Admissibility criteria and the right of individual application

Reduction of the six month time limit for making applications (Article 4)

Tightening the "significant disadvantage" admissibility criterion

5 Other changes to the ECHR machinery

Change to age rules for judges of the Court (Article 2)

Removal of veto on relinquishment of jurisdiction to Grand Chamber (Article 3)

6 Conclusion

Should Protocol 15 be ratified?

Parliamentary debate on Protocol 15

Protocol 16

Current and future reform of the Court

Conclusions and recommendations

Declaration of Lords' Interests

Formal Minutes

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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