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The European Court of Human Rights: achievements and challenges

Chinedu Akam Igwe


Respect for human rights and fundamental freedom is anchored on the sanctity of life and dignity of man. It is an expression of equality of men. It is the core principle of the constitution of every democratic society. Today, the principles have been documented with solemn declaration and undertaking to respect and observe same at national, regional and world over. This work is limited to the European Court of Human Rights, its successes and failures and a call for reform to enhance its productivity in the attainment of the core objectives for which it was established in 1953.The research employs critical content analysis of relevant legislation. It found that the regional court system has enhanced respect for human rights in the region and calls for stiffer sanction for disobedience to the decision of the court.

Keywords: European, court, human, human rights