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The Curious Fate of the Doha Amendment

The Doha Amendment has yet formally to enter into force. However, as this note will explain, this treaty is already producing most of its intended legal effects.

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Inter-State Applications under the European Convention on Human Rights: Strengths and Challenges

  This post provides, in broad strokes, an overview of human rights litigation via the inter-State application procedure under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as well…

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Procedural Deference at Strasbourg: A Trend Calling for a New Admissibility Criterion?

This blogpost argues that including an additional admissibility criterion in the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) for cases that were carefully dealt with at the…

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In the name of the European Club of Liberal Democracies: How to Evaluate the Strasbourg Jurisprudence

How should the European Court of Human Rights be reformed? Para. 41 of the Copenhagen Declaration of April 2018 seeks to scrutinise, for this purpose, recent developments in…

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Climate Change before the Courts: Urgenda Ruling Redraws the Boundary between Law and Politics

On the 9th of October, the Hague Court of Appeal upheld the first-instance judgment in the Urgenda case, ordering the Dutch State to reduce greenhouse gas…

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Copenhagen – much ado about little?

The Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the ‘Copenhagen Declaration’ Friday April 13 concerning the perpetual reform of the European Human Rights System. Previous installments were agreed…

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Can the ECtHR provide an effective remedy following the coup d’état and declaration of emergency in Turkey?

The question posed in the title of this post has been discussed in various blogs suggesting that recent decisions of the ECtHR rejecting cases for non-exhaustion of domestic…

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Copenhagen: Keeping on Keeping on. A Reply to Mikael Rask Madsen and Jonas Christoffersen on the Draft Copenhagen Declaration

The debate about the future of the European human rights system is absolutely vital, and with that in mind we venture here to reply to just some of…

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The European Court of Human Rights’ View of the Draft Copenhagen Declaration

The draft Copenhagen Declaration has already triggered some debate at this blog. So far the tone has been highly critical. Donald and Leach denounce the Declaration as…

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The Draft Copenhagen Declaration: Whose Responsibility and Dialogue?

Scattered responsibility and Melian dialogue? The Danish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe has proposed a new installation to the reform saga of the European…

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