Responding to Legitimacy Challenges: Opportunities and Choices for the European Court of Human Rights

This workshop will explore some challenges faced by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) through informal exchanges between academics and members of the Court.

Researchers meet the Court!


Challenges confront the European Court of Human Rights and its procedures, policies and judgments. Criticisms concern the Court’s backlog, its methods of interpretation, its deference to domestic actors – or its lack thereof. Reactions from states include willful partial compliance with judgments or even principled resistance. These challenges have appeared in many different shapes: not just as criticism from State Parties’ governments, but also from domestic courts, academics, civil society organizations and the media.


Against the backdrop of these challenges,  PluriCourts co-organizes a workshop at the ECtHR to facilitate informal exchanges among academics and members of the Court including the Registry. The aim is to identify and discuss both challenges and possible solutions.

Call for Papers

The event invites contributions addressing how the ECtHR may respond and does respond by varied means, including:

  • criteria for case selection;
  • Court’s reasoning;
  • pilot judgments;
  • dialogues with domestic judiciaries;
  • margin of appreciation doctrine.

Read the full Call for Papers PDF


Deadline for submitting a paper: February 15, 2018


Tags: Legitimacy, Human Rights
Published Oct. 4, 2017 11:19 AM - Last modified Apr. 29, 2019 10:22 AM