The Execution of the Judgments of the European System

The Committee of Ministers supervises the execution of the judgments of the Court and ensures, that damages awarded by the Court are paid. The Committee also assists the state in question in trying to find suitable measures in order to comply with all other demands made by the Court. The obligation to eliminate the ramifications of the human rights violation to prevent the violation from happening again can be challenging. Changes to the national legislation of the state in question might be necessary, and in that case the execution of the judgment in its entirety will take up quite some time. I will look at the different forms of pressure. The Committee of Ministers can apply multilateral peer-pressure or bilateral pressure from neighbouring states and can also threaten the member state in question with the publication of a list or – ultima ratio – with the exclusion from the Council of Europe.