The Contribution of the European Court of Human Rights to General International Law

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Abstract

The jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights extends to all matters concerning the interpretation and application of the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols. In interpreting and applying the Convention, the Court takes into account other relevant rules of international law; the Convention should so far as possible be interpreted in harmony with these other rules of international law of which it forms part. This means that the Court will rely on rules of general international law such as customary international law and general principles of law. This lecture explores the considerable contribution which the European Court has come to make to that body of law, both as regards rules of a substantive nature and a procedural nature. The thesis is that the contribution of the European Court in this regard has not yet been fully understood.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameZeitschrift für Ausländisches Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht
PublisherVerlag C.H. Beck

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