In the ever-continuing discussions about the future shape of the ECHR system, input from everyone is now invited. Whether the Council of Europe is entering a 'wisdom of the crowds' age or not, this development is certainly to be welcomed, as it offers both stakeholders and outsiders, including all of us as people living within the state parties to the Convention, the opportunity to give input. This is the text of the call for proposals:
The Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights (DH-GDR) is holding an open call for information, proposals and views on the issue of the longer-term reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.
This process follows on from the Brighton Declaration, adopted at a High-level conference in April 2012. It is intended to be open and inclusive, allowing questions to be raised and examined concerning all aspects of the Convention system and the Court.
The results of this work will eventually be included in a report of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to be submitted by 15 April 2015 to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
The consultation process is open to everyone, subject to certain basic procedural requirements, set out in the submission form.
The deadline for submitting contributions is mid-day (12 p.m., French local time) on Monday 27 January 2014. Contributions received after that will not be taken into account.
The call is also available in French here.