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UK urges rights court reform

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will chair a Council of Europe meeting in Brighton that is looking at ways to reform the European Court of Human Rights.

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Reform conference will bring no 'dramatic changes'

Sir Nicolas Bratza said he thinks "the balance is right" between national governments and the court. Credit: Council of Europe

The British judge who heads the Strasburg's human rights court has told the Times that today's conference in Brighton will not "change the way we do our job."

Sir Nicolas Bratza said the meeting would not alter the power balance between the European Court of Human Rights and Westminster. He said:

"The problem is that this has been talked up too much. It is forgotten that this is not the first conference, it is the third in a series, part of a continuing process. I don’t expect the dramatic changes that some have anticipated.”

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