Philip Leach


Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre at Middlesex University.

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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 the points made by Mikael Rask Madsen and Jonas Christoffersen in their post about the draft Copenhagen declaration. Commenting on the position paper recently published…

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Why the Draft Copenhagen Declaration Must be Rewritten

The Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has issued a draft declaration ahead of the High Level Conference of foreign ministers of the 47 states in Copenhagen on 12-13 April 2018. Here, we argue that the Draft Copenhagen Declaration poses a grave risk to the independence, integrity and…

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The Continuing Utility of International Human Rights Mechanisms?

Can a convincing case still be made that the pursuit of international human rights mechanisms leads to efficacious results? The challenges to, and criticisms of, human rights systems in recent years are legion. Their legitimacy has been questioned (leading in some instances to the threat of state withdrawal, such as the case of Russia within the Council…

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