The Rule of Law under Pressure: Russia and the European Human Rights System
Fulbright research scholar Jeffrey Kahn will give a keynote speech at tenth International Conference on Development of Russian Law - Rule of Law Revisited: Applying Law in Russia and Beyond in Helsinki on November 20.
The keynote speech will address the fact that the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights has catalyzed considerable, positive legal reform in Russia. Although these reforms have been far from wholly successful, and membership in this system has not been uncontroversial, anyone who cares about human rights in Russia must care deeply about its continued inclusion in the European human rights system. That relationship, however, has been under steadily increasing pressure. Recent changes in Russian law give the Russian Constitutional Court a mediating role in assessing whether to comply with the Strasbourg Court’s judgments. This tension between Strasbourg and Petersburg strains not only Russia’s relationship with Europe but the very foundations of the European human rights system itself. Russia’s relationship with Strasbourg remains an indicator of Russia’s reception of the rule of law.
Read also about Jeffrey Kahn's presentation at a PluriCourts Seminar: Russia and the European Convention on Human Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly