Post updated 1st March
A leaked document has revealed the hand which the UK government is playing in the run up to the High Level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights due to be held in Brighton in April 2012.
The document may be read at The Guardian - Draft Brighton declaration on the future of the European Court of Human Rights
Since taking on the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, the UK has made it plain that reform of the European Court of Human Rights is on the agenda. The Attorney-General spoke on the subject at Lincoln's Inn in October 2011. In January 2012, the Prime Minister addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Cameron's speech prompted an article in EuropeanVoice by Nicolas Beger of Amnesty International - "A proposal to restrict human rights" - 23rd February 2012.
The package of proposals now put forward by the UK are extremely far-reaching. They seek to include in the European Convention itself two principles: the margin of appreciation and subsidiarity. The formal incorporation of these ideas into the convention has the potential to severely restrict the role played by the European Court. Further proposals relate to