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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Court of Human Rights decisions not binding, says German court

We constantly wail about loss of sovereignty to multilateral institutions, but one of our European Neighbours has got the right idea.

A landmark decision on hierarchy in European law has been taken by the German Constitutional court. The Court on Thursday (14 October) found that it is not obliged to hold to the rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. According to Germany's Constitutional court, rulings by the Strasbourg court are "interpreting aids" which have to be taken into account but not strictly followed if they contradict German constitutional law.
Now that sounds like a strategy we could take. The problem is after 7 years of Tony Blair, we do not have a constitution left.

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