Human Rights in the Council of Europe and the European Union: Achievements, Trends and Challenges

Steven C Greer

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Confusion about the differences between the Council of Europe (the parent body of the European Court of Human Rights) and the European Union is commonplace amongst the general public. It even affects some lawyers, jurists, social scientists and students. The rights literature is also dominated by separate studies, largely concerning the legal dimension. For these and other reasons, wider and more integrated accounts are now required. This chapter summarises the principal thesis of a co-authored book of the same title, the primary objective of which is to attempt to meet this need. Relevant institutions, procedures, norms and policies are described, explained, compared and contrasted. The central achievements are the successful institutionalization of the respective human rights missions of each organisation in both political and legal spheres. In turn, this has contributed significantly to securing minimum standards across the continent. The central trends are the increasing expansion, complexity, multidimensionality, and interpenetration of transnational human rights activities in Europe. Finally, the central challenges concern how all this could, and should, be properly understood and coherently, legitimately, and effectively managed, particularly as a result of recent crises including the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorti dei diritti e processo politico
Subtitle of host publicationConvegno internazionale in memoria di Carlo Mezzanotte
EditorsFrancesco Marini, Gino Scaccia
Place of PublicationNapoli
PublisherEdizioni Scientifiche Italiane
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-88-495-3884-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCorti dei diritti e processo politico: Convegno internazionale in memoria di Carlo Mezzanotte - Corti costituzionale italiana, Rome, Italy
Duration: 20 Apr 201820 Apr 2018


ConferenceCorti dei diritti e processo politico


  • Human rights, courts, political process


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