Satisfying Admissibility Criteria Set Out in the European Convention on Human Rights: Stumbling Block to the Protection of Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia

Jelena Ristik

Abstract


The European Court of Human Rights is established by the European Convention on Human Rights as a judicial control mechanism responsible to ensure the observance of the engagements undertaken by the High Contracting Parties in the Convention and the Protocols thereto. Its supervision is triggered mainly by individual applications. However, before a case can be examined on the merits, there are certain admissibility requirements foreseen in the ECHR that must be satisfied. The focus of this paper is placed on the importance of the admissibility criteria laid down with the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly as regards the individual applications lodged with the European Court of Human Rights concerning the Republic of Macedonia. This will be elaborated mainly through analysis of the official statistics of the Court as well as consulting relevant literature and documents. It aims to show that there is a lack of sufficient knowledge in relation to the proper implementation of the admissibility criteria as well as that the failure to satisfy the admissibility criteria has a potential to reflect negatively on the protection of human rights. Finally, it suggests possible solutions in order to increase the awareness and the knowledge as regards the admissibility criteria laid down by the Convention.


Keywords


admissibility criteria; European Convention on Human Rights; European Court of Human Rights; Republic of Macedonia.

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