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Introduction: The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics

Jonas Christoffersen and Mikael Rask Madsen

in The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694495
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694495.003.0001
Introduction: The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics

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The introduction argues for including the study of the ECtHR in general scholarship on international judicial institutions. The ECtHR provides a key case as to understanding the evolution of international law over the last half century. Providing a short overview of the evolution of the ECtHR, the introduction situates the book's individual chapters in respect to the book's overall objectives of answering the key questions related to what made the ECHR system develop in its particular fashion: what facilitated and impeded this process, and how this trajectory will impact on the future development of the Court in light of its current legitimacy crisis.

Keywords: ECtHR; European Institution; legitimacy crisis; law and politics; European integration; international law

Chapter.  6842 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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