- Founded on the 5th May 1949 by 10 countries in the aftermath of the second world war
- Set up to promote democracy and human rights and the rule of law in Europe
- Based in Strasbourg, comprised of 47 member countries of Europe
- Chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague
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.