What’s in a name (2)?

Another important distinction that must be grasped when considering EU institutions is the difference between the (EU) European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the (non-EU) European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

As we stated before the ECJ is a formal EU institution that presides over EU law.

The ECHR however is a legal body created to enforce the European Convention on Human rights, a convention to which member states of the Council of Europe are signatories.

It is important to remember that …

  1. The ECJ enforces the treaties of the EU and IS an EU institution
  2. The ECHR enforces a convention of the Council of Europe and is NOT a EU institution

… and the two are not connected!!

Watch this informative video on the ECHR. A link to the video can also be found at ECHR