Published: 1 Dec 2011 | By Shanta Bhavnani

ECtHR Extends Application of Convention Beyond Council of Europe Borders


In two landmark judgements, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) invoked exceptional circumstances to extend the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to the UK’s activities in Iraq. Accordingly, the UK was found to have violated Article 2 of the ECHR by failing to investigate the deaths of six Iraqi civilians.

In this article, Shanta Bhavnani outlines the two judgements and the process by which the decision was reached that the UK’s human rights obligations extend beyond its borders. To read the full article, please follow the link below.