Published: 1 Jun 2009

PACE gives boost to European Union accession to ECHR


At present, any transfer of power from domestic member state legislatures to the EU represents law-making taken outside of ECHR protection. Although accession to the ECHR is a requirement for prospective EU members, the EU institutions themselves are not bound by the European Convention on Human Rights. A PACE report from March 2008 gave its backing to EU accession, due to the Union’s increasing role in the affairs of citizens of member states.

In this article, the various arguments for and against EU accession to the ECHR are outlined. Is it a requirement to bring the Union in line with the legislation by which its members are bound, or is it superfluous? Click on the link below to find out.