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The EU Accession to the ECHR: Between Luxembourg’s Search for Autonomy and Strasbourg’s Credibility on Human Rights Protection

ISBN13: 9783319217581
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
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This book examines the EU accession to the ECHR from a systemic perspective as well as from the specific perspective of the 2013 draft accession agreement negotiated between the relevant body of the Council of Europe and the EU Commission. It mainly follows a legal positivist approach to examining the nature and scope of obligations that will regulate the new relationship between EU law and European Convention on Human Rights law, concentrating specifically on the issue of jurisdictional interface between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts.

The book offers an in-depth examination of the core mechanisms of the draft accession agreement, taking into account the remarks in Luxembourg's Opinion 2/13, focusing especially on the issue of attribution of responsibility when a violation of ECHR has been jointly committed by the EU and its Member States, the inter-party procedure and the prior involvement mechanism. The work basically argues that EU accession to the ECHR will have a constitutional impact on the EU legal order, and may also have certain implications for the jurisdictional interface between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts. It also questions the mode of interaction between some normative aspects of ECHR law and EU law, offering certain arguments as to the interaction between the Charter of Fundamental Rights and ECHR from overlapping and accommodative perspectives post-accession.

The book concludes that with the EU accession to the ECHR – as it stands right now with the draft accession agreement – the macro relationship between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts will change significantly, while their constitutional roles will become vertically accommodated and better specialized.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part I: The EU as a Sui Generis Human Rights Law Organization: Situating the Roots of the Accession Question: 1. Introduction to the Book
2. EU Becoming a Human Rights Law Organization: Starting from Nowhere with a 'Gouvernment des Juges'
3. EU Law Autonomy: Where Does the Viewpoint for 'Competition' of Luxembourg Start from?

Part II: The Draft Accession Agreement of the EU Accession to the ECHR: an Examination of the Central Mechanisms in Light of EU Law Peculiarities
4. A New Start for the Accession of the EU to the ECHR
5. Status of ECHR and DAA in EU Legal Order
6. Attribution of Liability Under the Co-respondent Mechanism
7. Inter-Party Mechanism and the EU: Possible Implications from the Strasbourg's Jurisdiction?
8. EU Prior Involvement Review

Part III: A Strasbourg Perspective on Applications of EU Law Origin
9. Testing the Co-respondent Mechanism from the Strasbourg Court Perspective: Three Distinctive Cases with Three Distinctive Scenarios
10. Admissibility Before the Strasbourg Court: An Outlook on the EU Law Originated Applications

Part IV: Approaching the Final 'Station'
11. Before the Conclusion: Luxembourg Court's Opinion 2/13 on the DAA's Compatibility with the EU Treaties
12. An Overall Conclusion.