Overworked but vitally important
The European Court of Human Rights urgently needs reform if it is not to fall victim to its own success.
Appeared in print on 07.12.2011
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the premier human-rights tribunal in the world, is under siege, but not from enemies. A victim of its own success, the court is collapsing under the weight of more than 160,000 pending applications, with 50,000 new ones lodged every year.