Monthly Archives: April 2009

Legitimacy of the ECtHR and patterns of compliance: The case of Britain

The PSA paper on the perception of the legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights amongst British elites and how this affects compliance with human rights judgments can be accessed here


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Strasbourg fieldwork notes

We’ve just completed our first few days of research at the Court and the Committee of Ministers. Whilst we were there the Committee of Ministers issued its second annual report on the execution of judgments. You can read about the report here . We heard the same mantra several times: “there is a duty in Europe to intervene in each other’s affairs, where human rights are concerned”. This was said one year ago by German chancellor Angela Merkel. This summed up the rationale for a 47-member-state organisation and the continuing support for the European Court of Human Rights.

Once we transcribe and analyse the data more systematically, we will write more on the work of the Committee of Ministers in implementing human rights judgments and how the European Court of Human Rights objectifies the standards for intervention in states’ affairs.

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Public Reason comments

Basak has commented on Wally Siewert’s paper on the margin of appreciation doctrine in the context of Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  This was for the ‘Public Reason’ on-line symposium – a very useful and innovative tool for public and academic debate.  Wally’s paper addresses how the ECtHR attributes responsibility for Convention rights violations when they declare a state of emergency.  You can access the paper, Wally’s audio presentation of the paper and Basak’s comments at the following link: Public Reason.

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Research Update & PSA Conference Manchester

The fieldwork has been continuing apace – with Bulgaria, Turkey and the UK now completed and Ireland currently underway. It’s been interesting to travel to all these places and meet lots of interesting people with their own stories about the Court.

As for us, we’ll be at the PSA conference at the University of Manchester from the 7th to the 9th of April. We’ll be presenting the first comprehensive single-country analysis from the project. This paper on ‘The United Kingdom and the European Court of Human Rights: An elite perception analysis’ discusses why British elites support the European Court of Human Rights, how they perceive the influence of the court on their domain of activities and the different types of compliance that emerge in the UK when the Court condemns it with a human rights violation. The paper draws from original data collected during the fieldwork in the UK between May and December 2008.

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