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.”
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke insists that Britain has steered through real reforms to the European Court of Human Rights.
The row over Abu Qatada is set to be reignited as Britain tries to secure a deal that could see European human rights judges intervene less.