Richard Kay

Document Type



European Law | Human Rights Law


By almost all accounts, the system of international law established by the European Convention on Human Rights has been successful to a degree unimaginable when the Convention was signed in 1950. The European Court of Human Rights now routinely issues judgments finding the states party to the Convention to have defaulted in their obligations under it. Those judgments, sometimes touching on difficult and controversial issues that might have been thought to lie at the center of state sovereignty, are, almost equally routinely, honored by the respondent states who both pay the compensation ordered by the Court and also adjust their laws and governmental practices to conform to the Court's interpretations.