The project’s objective is to study the European Court of Human Rights’ case-law with the aim of proposing innovative solutions to strengthen the consistency and persuasiveness of the Court’s legal reasoning so as to improve its accountability and transparency. It is an ERC funded project Starting Grant to prof. dr. Eva Brems.
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Eva Brems
Sponsored by European Research Council (2009-2014)
Human rights are under pressure, in Europe as elsewhere, due to several developments, namely
In this context, the human rights leadership of the European Court of Human Rights is of crucial importance. Its judgments should by all means avoid inconsistencies and its legal reasoning should be both clear and persuasive so as to uphold the Court’s credibility and maximize the impact of its decisions. This research programme intends to strengthen the consistency and persuasiveness of Court’s legal reasoning so as to improve its accountability and transparency.
The aim is to identify new technical solutions for important human rights problems, by the development and application of creative methodologies. The substantive innovations within the field of European human rights law that this project propose to make are:
The methodological approach is characterized by the combination of empirical and normative dimensions, a 360° comparison, and the integration of qualitative research methods (interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders).
The ERC team founded the blog www.strasbourgobservers.com that comments on developments in the case law of the European Court of Human Right.