The primary role of the domestic authorities in protecting and enforcing the rights of their citizens under the European Convention on Human Rights1 is reflected by three features of the Convention system:
(1) the Convention is not prescriptive as to the way in which human rights standards must be implemented in the contracting states, reflecting the European Court of Human Rights' recognition that national authorities are generally better placed than supervisory bodies to strike the right balance between the competing interests of the community and the rights of the individual
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