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Book discussion: The European Court of Human Rights - Current Challenges in Historical Perspective

News vom 13.10.2022

This panel discussion will revisit the edited volume on the European Court of Human Rights: Current Challenges in Historical Perspective (Edward Elgar, 2021) edited by Helmut Aust and Esra Demir-Gürsel. The volume has addressed authoritarian entrenchment and political critique of the Court – two of the current challenges facing the Court which usually attract debates on the original intent of the European Convention on Human Rights and the limits it imposes on the Court. The contributors of the volume investigated the interplay between the past and present in the Court’s case law and the governmental critiques of the Court to address these two challenges. This panel will reconsider the discussions in the volume in light of the developments that took place after its publication in April 2021, in particular Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the following exclusion of Russia from the Council of Europe.



  • Professor Dr. Helmut Philipp Aust, Freie Universität Berlin (Chair)
  • Professor Başak Çalı, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • Dr. Esra Demir-Gürsel, Georg Forster Postdoctoral Fellow of AvH Foundation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Silvia Steininger, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public and International Law, Heidelberg
  • Dr. Nicola Wenzel, Federal Ministry of Justice, Head of the Human Rights Division and Verfahrensbevollmächtigte for German cases before the European Court of Human Rights

When: Tuesday, 15.11.2022 at 18:15 - 19:45

Location: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, room E 25, Unter den Linden 9 and Stream

Registration: law-and-society@hu-berlin.de

Please find out further information about the book and the event here.

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