78. The Convention as a living instrument.

The European Convention on Human Rights1 has been characterised as a 'living instrument'2, which means that the Convention rights3 have a dynamic and evolutive meaning and must be interpreted in the light of present-day conditions reflecting the changing moral, scientific and legal values of society4. The 'living instrument' principle has also allowed the European Court of Human Rights to take account of changing attitudes towards corporal punishment in schools