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Criticism of the European Court of Human Rights

Shifting the Convention System: Counter-dynamics at the National and EU Level

Book | 1st edition 2016 | Europe | Patricia Popelier, Sarah Lambrecht, Koen Lemmens

For some time now, the European Court of Human Rights is under substantial pressure. From a case overload crisis it stumbled into a legitimacy crisis with regard to certain countries. This should be taken seriously, since scholars warn that institutions with eroding legitimacy risk demise or reform. The goal of this volume is to explore how widespread this critical attitude of the European Court of Human Rights really is. It also assesses to what extent such criticism is being translated in strategies at the political level or at the judicial level and brings about concrete changes in the dynamics between national and European fundamental rights protection. The book is topical and innovative, as these questions have so far remained largely unexplored, especially cross-nationally.

Far from focusing exclusively on those voices that are currently raised so loud, conclusions are based on comparative in-depth reports, covering fifteen Contracting Parties and the EU.

About the book
‘[...] a valuable resource of information for those seeking insight in the latest developments in the European human rights protection system, its significance for the broader political environment of the member states of the Council of Europe and its possible future development in times of intensifying centrifugal forces.
Gregor Fischer in European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017 483

‘[...] valuable reading for those who want to get an overview of the position of the ECtHR in the examined States. It shows that there are various forms of criticism and that criticism differs depending on the country and on the institutions involved. The book is recommended to anyone interested in gaining an overview of these issues.’
Kristel van Kruisbergen in CMLR 2018 279

With contributions of Olgun Akbulut, Tilmann Altwicker, Katarzyna Blay-Grabarczyk, Anna Gamper, Janneke Gerards, Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk, Sarah Lambrecht, Koen Lemmens, Lubomir Majerčík, Giuseppe Martinico, Roger Masterman, Aaron Matta, Christophe Maubernard, Armen Mazmanyan, Katharina Pabel, Eszter Polgári, Patricia Popelier, Clara Rauchegger, Michael Reiertsen and Henrik Wenander.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780684017 / 9781780685175
Series name Law and Cosmopolitan Values
Weight 1120 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxi + 571 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jun 24, 2016
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Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
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  • Table of Contents
  • Part I. Introductory
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Purpose and Structure, Categorisation of States and Hypotheses
    Patricia Popelier, Sarah Lambrecht, Koen Lemmens
  • Chapter 2. Criticising the European Court of Human Rights or Misunderstanding the Dynamics of Human Rights Protection
    Koen Lemmens
  • Chapter 3. European Union: The EU's Attitude to the ECHR
    Sarah Lambrecht, Clara Rauchegger
  • Part II. Sparse Criticism
  • Chapter 4. Austria: Endorsing the Convention System, Endorsing the Constitution
    Anna Gamper
  • Chapter 5. Belgium: Faithful, Obedient, and Just a Little Irritated
    Patricia Popelier
  • Chapter 6. Czech Republic: Strasbourg Case Law Undisputed
    L'ubomír Majercik
  • Chapter 7. Germany: The Long Way of Integrating the Strasbourg Perspective into the Protection of Fundamental Rights
    Katharina Pabel
  • Chapter 8. Italy: Between Constitutional Openness and Resistance
    Giuseppe Martinico
  • Chapter 9. Poland: The Taming of the Shrew
    Krystyna Kowalik Banczyk
  • Chapter 10. Sweden: European Court of Human Rights Endorsement with Some Reservations
    Henrik Wenander
  • Part III. Moderate Criticism
  • Chapter 11. 'Je t'aime, moi non plus'
    Katarzyna Blay-Grabarczyk
  • Chapter 12. Hungary: 'Gains and Losses'. Changing the Relationship with the European Court of Human Rights
    Eszter Polgari
  • Chapter 13. The Netherlands: Political Dynamics, Institutional Robustness
    Janneke H. Gerards
  • Chapter 14. Norway: New Constitutionalism, New Counter-Dynamics?
    Michael Reiertsen
  • Chapter 15. Switzerland: The Substitute Constitution in Times of Popular Dissent
    Tilmann Altwicker
  • Chapter 16. Turkey: The European Convention on Human Rights as a Tool for Modernisation
    Olgun Akbulut
  • Part IV. Strong Criticism
  • Chapter 17. The United Kingdom: From Strasbourg Surrogacy Towards a British Bill of Rights?
    Roger Mastermann
  • Part V. Hostile Criticism
  • Chapter 18. Russia: In Quest for a European Identity
    Aaron Matta, Armen Mazmanyan
  • Part VI. Synthesis
  • Chapter 19: Assessing the Existence of Criticism of the European Court of Human Rights
    Sarah Lambrecht
  • Appendix
  • Annex 1. Questionnaire
  • Annex 2. Questionnaire EU