Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

PluriCourts lunch with Professor Jeffrey Kahn, Fulbright reseach fellow.

When Russia was invited to join the Council of Europe, many said the invitation was a mistake.  Russia would be unable to comply with the conditions of membership, it was argued, most notably its international obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.  Although much good has resulted from Russia's inclusion, there was nevertheless truth to the claim that Russia's candidacy presented risks.  But those criticisms were largely about the effect of Russian failures within Russian jurisdictions.  Far fewer observers predicted the sort of risks that Russia now presents to the European human rights system itself.  This talk presents an overview of these issues, concluding with a particularly thorny recent challenge to the res judicata effect of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.


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Published Oct. 3, 2017 10:03 AM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2019 11:04 AM