Russia and the European Court of Human Rights : the Strasbourg Effect, Cambridge University Press, 2018
Edited by Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu, Estonia , Wolfgang Benedek, Institute of International Law and International Relations, Austria
Fondation René Cassin, 2 allée René Cassin, 67000 Strasbourg
7 Septembre, de 10h à 11h30
Russia’s relationship with the Council of Europe has never been easy. Recently, in particular, issues of non-compliance and even resistance to certain judgments of the European Court of Human Rights have emerged. Famously, in 2015, the Russian Constitutional Court declared that in the future it would be the final arbiter on whether it would even be constitutional to implement specific judgments of the ECHR in Russia. With Russia’s ratification of the Convention dating back to twenty years ago, in 1998, it is time to take stock of these developments. This panel is inspired by the new book co-edited by Professors Lauri Mälksoo and Wolfgang Benedek, "Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg Effect" (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Following the book’s topics, the discussion would address questions like how the ECHR has influenced Russia over the last twenty years, as well as how Russia has influenced the ECHR. What have the socialization effects been on Russia? Will the judgment of the Russian Constitutional Court encourage other CoE member states (or their Constitutional Courts) to exercise their 'veto power' in politically highly sensitive cases? What can we expect from the rocky cooperation between Russia and Strasbourg in the future?
The panelists include co-authors of the book:
Wolfgang Benedek (University of Graz)
Lauri Mälksoo (University of Tartu)
Petra Roter (University of Ljubljana)
and Olga Chernishova (Secretariat of the ECHR) as discussant