Recent years have seen a growing number of discussions about the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Some critics have accused the ECtHR of engaging in judicial activism, using its own notion of evolutionary interpretation to gradually expand the scope of the Convention. Others have argued that by doing so the ECtHR only fulfils its task of providing an up-to-date human rights protection in an increasingly integrated Europe. These debates are in part fuelled by normative differences in the perceived role of the ECtHR in the protection of human rights in Europe. Whether the ECtHR should play a limited constitutional role or not is therefore hardly only a legal matter. It is also a political one, which will have significant implications for European citizens and national democracy, as well as for the very idea of European integration by law.
This conference addresses the question of what the role of the ECtHR should – and could – be in the contemporary and future protection of human rights in Europe. It brings together a distinct group distinguished European judges and renowned scholars from the field of human rights to debate these questions and suggest ways forward for the ECtHR.
• Marc Bossuyt, President of the Belgian Constitutional Court
• Eva Brems, Professor of Law, Ghent University
• Jonas Christoffersen, Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights
• Børge Dahl, President of the Danish Supreme Court
• Francoise Hampson, Professor of Law, Essex University
• Laurence Helfer, Professor of Law, Duke University
• Renate Jaeger, former judge at the ECtHR and the Bundesverfassungsgericht,
currently a Member of the Council of Ministers’ Advisory Panel of Experts on
Candidates for Election as Judge to the ECHR
• Pauliine Koskelo, President of the Finnish Supreme Court
• Mikael Rask Madsen, Professor of Law and Head of iCourts, University of Copenhagen
• Paul Mahoney, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Preliminary programme available here.
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