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Principled Resistance to ECtHR Judgments: A New Paradigm?

Edited by: Marten Breuer

ISBN13: 9783662589854
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Germany
Format: Hardback
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The book analyses the position of the ECtHR which has been more and more confronted with criticism coming from the national sphere, including the judiciary. This culminated in constitutional court judgments declaring a particular ECtHR judgment non-executable, for reasons of constitutional law. Existing scholarship does not differentiate enough between cases of mere political unwillingness to execute an ECtHR judgment and cases where execution is blocked for legal reasons (mainly of constitutional law nature). At the same time, the discussion under EU law on national/constitutional identity limiting the reach of the former has been only loosely linked with the ECHR context. This book presents a new dogmatic concept - 'principled resistance' - to analyse such cases. Taking up examples from the national level, it strives to find out whether the legal reasoning behind 'principled resistance' shows enough commonalities in order to qualify such incidents as expression of a 'new paradigm'.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part I - Theoretical Framework: 1. "Principled Resistance" to ECtHR Judgments: Dogmatic Framework and Conceptual Meaning (Breuer) 2. Resistance to the European Court of Human Rights: The Institutional and Sociological Consequences of Principled Resistance (Madsen)
Part II - National Perspectives: 3. Pricipled Resistance against and Principled Compliance with EctHR Judgments in Germany (Sauer) 4. "Principled Resistance" to ECtHR Judgments in Austria (Struth) 5. Judicial Disobedience and the ECtHR: The Italian Case (Martinico) 6. Resistance in Switzerland: Populist Rather than Principled (Kellen, Walther) 7. Principled Criticism and a Warning from the UK to the ECtHR? (Bates)
Part III - International Perspectives: 9. The Perspective of the Venice Commission (Kuijer) 10. The National Identity Criterion in the Crossfire between European Integration and the Preservation of National Sovereignty (Schmahl) 11.Principled Resistance to ECtHR Judgments - an Appraisal (Breuer)