New TPA Research: Britain and the ECHR
- The UK has to date lost three quarters (331 out of 418) of the rulings that have progressed to the top Strasbourg court, a trend that has increased despite the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998.
- 80 per cent of all judgments (246 out of 331) Britain has ever lost under the ECHR have been reached since we signed the HRA.
- The cost of complying with judgements under the ECHR is £2.1 billion a year, with an additional £1.8 billion in one off costs. The total cost to date is £17.3 billion.
- The growth of a “compensation culture” fostered by the Court costs a further £7.1 billion a year, £25 billion to date.
- True reform can only take place by the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, or the European Court changing its stance to respect a new British Bill of Rights.
Some of the changes made in response to court decisions may, in time, have been made anyway. But many would not and the Government is clearly being pushed into decisions that have significant costs for taxpayers by the ECHR.
UPDATE: THE INITIAL VERSION OF THIS REPORT CONTAINED AN ERRONEOUS DESCRIPTION OF THE CRIME COMMITTED BY JOHN HIRST. THAT HAS NOW BEEN AMENDED AND WE REGRET IF ANYONE WAS MISLED.
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