Laurence Helfer

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Laurence R. Helfer is the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law and Co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University. Professor Helfer has authored more than seventy publications relating to his diverse research interests, which include international human rights, treaty design, international adjudication, and interdisciplinary analysis of international law and institutions.

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Russia and the European human rights system: Doing the right thing … but for the right legal reason?

Less than a month after its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Federation has ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe. On 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers decided to expel Russia from the regional organization with immediate effect, although without resolving the many legal consequences of this decision. Perhaps the most important…

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The Successes and Challenges for the European Court, Seen from the Outside

Laurence R. Helfer is the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law and Co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Lawat Duke University. Cross-posted on AJIL Unbound. In this post I wish to address the successes and challenges for the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as…

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Comments on Shany’s “No Longer a Weak Department of Power?”

 From July 2009, Professor Laurence Helfer will be the Harry R. Chadwick, Jr. Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. His publications include: "Islands of Effective International Adjudication: Constructing an Intellectual Property Rule of Law in the Andean Community", (2009) 103…

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