On inter-state litigation and armed conflict cases in Strasbourg

Leach, Philip ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6067-8986 (2021) On inter-state litigation and armed conflict cases in Strasbourg. European Convention on Human Rights Law Review, 2 (1) . pp. 27-74. ISSN 2666-3228 [Article] (doi:10.1163/26663236-bja10014)

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Abstract

The reluctance of Council of Europe member states to challenge each other at the bar of Europe, through the litigation of inter-state cases at the European Court, used to be a regular feature of the Strasbourg system. However, conflicts of different kinds in eastern Europe have led to a surge of such cases in recent years, as well as the introduction of thousands of related individual applications. The serious challenges presented, in particular by conflict-related cases, have led some commentators to question whether they can feasibly remain part of the Strasbourg process. For others, the focus should rather be on how such cases can be more effectively processed and assessed. This article emphasises the significance of both inter-state cases in general, and of cases arising from armed conflict (including individual applications): their political and legal importance; their centrality to the European human rights system; and how vital they are for individual victims of human rights violations. It analyses a number of controversial or challenging aspects of the adjudication of these cases, and puts forward some proposals for reform.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 32764
Notes on copyright: This author's accepted manuscript version is made available in this repository in accordance with the publisher's (Brill) Self-Archiving-Rights Policy: https://brill.com/page/150#selfarchiving
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 09:03
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 06:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32764

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