Britain’s former lord chief justice said the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is “undemocratic” and “undermines the sovereignty of Parliament” via its unelected judges. The statement adds to growing hostility toward the Strasbourg-based court.
Writing in the legal trade publication Counsel, Baron Judge said the court disregards the “democratic process” as British MPs are obliged to follow the rulings of ECHR judges, such as allowing prisoners to vote.
He also rejected the principle that the rulings of the ECHR should trump decisions made in Parliament.
“[The European court] has no authority to amend or override the constitutional arrangements in any country,” he wrote.