Workshop on the Value(s) of the European Convention on Human Rights

The workshop is co-organized with Birmingham Law School and is scheduled for 8 - 9 September in Birmingham. 

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Overview of the workshop

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) gives expression to – and establishes – a community of value. According to the Preamble, it builds upon the ‘common heritage of political traditions, ideals, freedom and the rule of law’ to achieve ‘greater unity’ between its members through ‘the maintenance and further realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms’. 

These statements were made more than 70 years ago. Today, both the community and its values are under unprecedented pressures from many holds. Russia withdrew and was later expelled from the Council of Europe after its invasion of Ukraine; the Polish Constitutional Tribunal has declared the right to a fair trial from Article 6(1) ECHR incompatible with the Polish Constitution in so far as it applies to the election of constitutional judges; and the British Government seeks to reform the Human Rights Act 1998 to ‘reduce reliance on the Strasbourg case law’, ‘reinforce the supremacy of the UK Supreme Court in the interpretation of rights’, as well as provide a ‘democratic shield’ that would protect Parliamentary sovereignty against the perceived threat of Strasbourg jurisprudence.

Against this backdrop of such challenges, the workshop reflects on the values of the ECHR. One the one hand, the workshop examines the value of the Convention system, and scrutinizes its role, purpose, and function. On the other hand, the workshop discusses the foundational values from the Convention, and their interpretation and application by the European Court of Human Rights.


Thursday, 8 September (Chair: Alain Zysset)

9.00-9.15        Welcome remarks (Bosko Tripkovic & Alain Zysset)

9.15-10.15      Colm O’Cinneide (Comments: Jasmine Sommardal)

10.15-11.15    Ed Bates (Comments: Natalie Davidson)

11.15-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-12.30    Alan Greene (comments: Karolina Szopa)

12.30-13.45    Lunch (served at the venue)

13.45-14.45    Başak Çalı & Joe Finnerty (comments: Lora Izvorova)

14.45-15.45    Natalie Davidson & Tamar Hostovsky Brandes (comments: Ed Bates)

15.45-16.00    Coffee break

16.00-17.00    Jeffrey Kahn (comments: Tristan Cummings)

17.00-18.00    Lora Izvorova (comments: Basak Cali)

19.00               Workshop dinner at Asha’s in the city centre


Friday, 9 September (Chair: Bosko Tripkovic)

9.15-10.15      Andreas Follesdal (Comments: Colm O’Cinneide)

10.15-11.15    Veronika Fikfak (Comments: Jeffrey Kahn)

11.15-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-12.30    Karolina Szopa (Comments: Bosko Tripkovic)

12.30-13.45    Lunch (served at the venue)

13.45-14.45    Jasmine Sommardal (Comments: Alan Greene)

14.45-15.45    Esra Demir-Gürsel (Comments: Alain Zysset)

15.45-16.00    Coffee break

16.00-17.00    Tristan Cummings (Comments: Andreas Follesdal)

17.00-17.30    Closing remarks/publication discussion (Bosko Tripkovic & Alain Zysset)


Alain Zysset  (PluriCourts and University of Glasgow)

Bosko Tripkovic (University of Birmingham)

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