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Criticism of the European Court of Human Rights: Shifting the Convention System: Counter-dynamics at the National and EU Level

Edited by: Patricia Popelier, Koen Lemmens, Sarah Lambrecht

ISBN13: 9781780684017
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £143.00

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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.

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.

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.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part I. Introductory
Chapter 1. Introduction: Purpose and Structure, Categorisation of States and Hypotheses
Chapter 2. Criticising the European Court of Human Rights or Misunderstanding the Dynamics of Human Rights Protection
Chapter 3. European Union: The EU's Attitude to the ECHR

Part II. Sparse Criticism
Chapter 4. Austria: Endorsing the Convention System, Endorsing the Constitution
Chapter 5. Belgium: Faithful, Obedient, and Just a Little Irritated
Chapter 6. Czech Republic: Strasbourg Case Law Undisputed
Chapter 7. Germany: The Long Way of Integrating the Strasbourg Perspective into the Protection of Fundamental Rights
Chapter 8. Italy: Between Constitutional Openness and Resistance
Chapter 9. Poland: The Taming of the Shrew
Chapter 10. Sweden: European Court of Human Rights Endorsement with Some Reservations

Part III. Moderate Criticism
Chapter 11. 'Je t'aime, moi non plus'
Chapter 12. Hungary: 'Gains and Losses'. Changing the Relationship with the European Court of Human Rights
Chapter 13. The Netherlands: Political Dynamics, Institutional Robustness
Chapter 14. Norway: New Constitutionalism, New Counter-Dynamics?
Chapter 15. Switzerland: The Substitute Constitution in Times of Popular Dissent
Chapter 16. Turkey: The European Convention on Human Rights as a Tool for Modernisation

Part IV. Strong Criticism
Chapter 17. The United Kingdom: From Strasbourg Surrogacy Towards a British Bill of Rights?

Part V. Hostile Criticism
Chapter 18. Russia: In Quest for a European Identity

Part VI. Synthesis
Chapter 19: Assessing the Existence of Criticism of the European Court of Human Rights
Annex 1. Questionnaire
Annex 2. Questionnaire EU