The authoresses consider the institution of friendly settlement which is covered by the control mechanism of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 (ECHR). Being this a traditional mechanim of conflict solution which can be found in the original version of the ECHR the friendly settlement has undergone an important evolution as far as its role and practical results are concerned. They start with the reconstruction of the normative standards in the field and then present the institution against the background of the chosen Strasbourg case-law. According to the authoresses the above-mentioned evolution of friendly settlement can be particularly noticed in the more frequent combination of individual and collective benefits that can be obtained in this way. They argue that in the light of the present-day situation of the Strasbourg control procedure friendly settlement reached between the parties of the conflict can be seen as a very useful instrument not only for the reparation of a particular injury but also for the improvement of the domestic law or practice. For obvious reasons a special attention was paid to the Polish cases (a.o. case of Broniowski v. Poland) which are an adequate illustration of the main thesis formulated by the authoresses.
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