Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke says he is hopeful the other 46 member states of the Council of Europe will agree to the reforms the UK government wants to make to the role of the European Court of Human Rights.
The UK wants to:
- Improve the efficiency of the court to enable it to work faster
- Find ways to help the court reduce the backlog of some 150,000 cases
- Increase the role of nation states in protecting human rights so that fewer cases are referred to the court
Consensus will be required to alter the court's regulations.
The Council of Europe has prepared a preliminary opinion of the Court outlining the reforms it wants to debate.
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.