Older Persons' Use of the European Court of Human Rights
Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 28, 407-420
Posted: 29 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 27, 2013
One of the most significant human rights tribunals in Europe is the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Up to day, no study has attempted to explore the cases brought before the ECHR that discuss and rule on issues concerning the rights of older persons. To descriptively analyze the ECHR cases that deal with older persons and elder rights issues. Quantitative and descriptive analysis of 226 randomly selected publicly-open ECHR cases dealing with elder-rights between the years 2000-2010. On average, 11.9% of the ECHR case load included rulings that concern older persons’ rights. In the majority of the cases (91%, 205 judgments), the ECHR found a violation of at least one human right concerning older persons. Despite the fact that rights of older persons do not appear as such in the European Convention on Human Rights, older persons do find their way to the ECHR.
Keywords: Human rights, European court of human rights, Elder law, Elder rights
JEL Classification: J70
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