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Friendly Settlements before the European Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice

Helen Keller, Magdalena Forowicz, and Lorenz Engi


The friendly settlement procedure is an important tool for the reduction of the European Court of Human Rights' (ECtHR) case load. Recent practice demonstrates that this procedure is increasingly resorted to by applicants and Contracting States. This book evaluates this largely unexplored instrument from doctrinal as well as practical perspectives, making recommendations to render the negotiations before the ECtHR more efficient and professional. The book examines questions relating to the admissibility as well as to the practical manageability of friendly settlements. In contrast to ordinary ... More

Keywords: ECtHR, case load, admissibility, friendly settlements, civil proceedings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199600977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Keller, author
Professor of Public Law, European Law and International Law, University of Zurich

Magdalena Forowicz, author
Post-doc Researcher, University of Zurich

Lorenz Engi, author
Post-doc Researcher, University of Zurich