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The Theory, Potential and Practice of Procedural Dialogue in the European Convention on Human Rights System

Book | 1st edition 2016 | United Kingdom | Lize Glas

Winner of the 2016 Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award

Dialogue is the new buzzword for the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) system. Judges throughout Europe have welcomed and encouraged dialogue, and references to the notion have become commonplace at conferences and in academic writing. Yet although the buzz has intensified, exactly why dialogue can be of added value is not often examined. Nor do those who rely on the notion usually explain how exactly it can be operationalised in a practical sense.

This volume dissects the common-sense realisation that dialogue adds value to the Convention system, within which the State Parties, the Court, the Committee of Ministers (Committee), the Parliamentary Assembly (Assembly), and the Commissioner for Human Rights (Commissioner) interact. The question of why dialogue should occur is answered through an account of the way the system is established and how it functions, and of the developments and reform it has experienced.

The second aim of the volume is to establish whether Convention dialogue does indeed live up to its potential added value. For this purpose, 26 procedures and ‘procedural steps’ are investigated in the light of ‘indicators of dialogue’. The procedures include third-party interventions, the pilot-judgment procedure, and the Committee’s Human Rights meetings. Both the procedures’ dialogic potential on paper and their ‘dialogicness’ in practice are assessed, based in part on interviews with inter alia the Court’s judges, agents representing the states before the Court, and persons monitoring the execution of the Court’s judgments.

This volume will be of use to those who are interested in the notion of (Convention) dialogue and its theoretical underpinnings, and those who would like to know more about Convention-related procedures, the execution of the Court’s judgments, and the role that the Assembly and the Commissioner can play in the Convention system.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780683751
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 1090 g
Status Available
Number of pages xx + 639 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Feb 18, 2016
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Available on Strada Belgique No
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  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter I. Introduction
  • Part 1
  • Chapter II. A Characterisation of the Convention System
  • Chapter III. A Characterisation of Dialogue
  • Chapter IV. The Convention System and Dialogue
  • Part 2
  • Chapter V. The Dialogic Potential of Procedures in the (Pre-)Merits Phase
  • Chapter VI. The Dialogic Potential of Procedures in the Execution Phase
  • Chapter VII. The Dialogic Potential of the Pilot-judgment Procedure
  • Chapter VIII. Conclusions: The Dialogic Potential of Convention-related Procedures
  • Part 3
  • Chapter IX. The Dialogicness of Procedures in the (Pre-)Merits Phase
  • Chapter X. The Dialogicness of Procedures in the Execution Phase
  • Chapter XI. The Dialogicness of the Pilot-judgment Procedure
  • Chapter XII. Conclusions: The Dialogicness of Convention-related Procedures
  • Chapter XIII. Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendix I. Interviewees Research Interviews
  • Appendix II. Sample of Questionnaire
  • Appendix III. Full Pilot Judgments
  • Summary in English
  • Summary in Dutch
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Curriculum Vitae