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Rights in Pursuit of Social Change: Legal Mobilisation in the Multi-Level European System

Edited by: Dia Anagnostou, Monica Claes

ISBN13: 9781849463904
Published: April 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Over the past few decades, European countries have witnessed a proliferation of legal norms concerning marginalised individuals and minorities who increasingly invoke them in front of courts to assert their rights and claim protection.

The present volume explores the relationship between law, rights and social mobilisation in Europe. It specifically inquires into the extent and ways in which legal processes and entitlements are mobilised by less privileged social actors to advance their rights claims and pursue social change.

Most distinctly, it explores such processes in the context of the multi-level European system, characterised by the existence of multiple legal and judicial arenas at the national, subnational and supranational/transnational level. In such a complex system of law and governance in Europe, concepts like legal opportunity structures, as well as the factors shaping them need to be reconceptualised.

How does the multi-level European context distinctly shape the nature and salience of rights, as well as their mobilisation by individuals and minority actors?

EU Law
1. Law and Rights' Claiming on behalf of Minorities in the Multi-level European System Dia Anagnostou

Part I: Law, Rights and the Politics of Minorities in National Context
2. Linguistic Minorities in Western Europe: Expansion of Rights Without (Much) Litigation? Bruno de Witte
3. Legal Mobilisation at the Subnational Level: The Case of Language Rights in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Navarre Xabier Arzoz
4. Rights on the Left? Social Movements, Law and Lawyers after 1968 in France Liora Israel

Part II: European Courts as Arenas for Legal Mobilisation
5. A Tool-box for Legal and Political Mobilisation in European Equality Law Mark Dawson, Elise Muir and Monica Claes
6. European Courts and the Rights of Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Greece Evangelia Psychogiopoulou

Part III: The Role of NGOs and Transnational Human Rights Networks
7. From Belfast to Diyarbakir and Grozny via Strasbourg: Transnational Legal Mobilisation Against State Violations in Contexts of Armed Conflict Dia Anagnostou
8. Activists and Lawyers in the ECtHR: The Struggle for Gay Rights Loveday Hodson
9. Law and Rights as Opportunity and Promise for Minorities in Europe?

Concluding Observations and Research Agendas Dia Anagnostou