- Operates in Strasbourg in France
- Most cases brought by individuals who feel they have been denied justice by national courts
- Individuals can bring a case without needing an expensive lawyer
- The court will adhere to the European Convention on Human Rights
- Rulings are legally binding
- The Court's deliberations are always secret
- Over 50,000 new applications are lodged every year
- The Council of Europe checks to see that rulings are implemented
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.