The Successes and Challenges of the European Court, Seen from the Outside
Laurence R. Helfer, professor of Law at Duke University, published his comments held at the MultiRights annual conference 2014. The conference dealt with the long.term future of the European Court of Human Rights and was organised under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Helfer's post addresses the successes and challenges for the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as seen from the outside. It draws upon his co-authored research on human rights systems outside of Europe to explain how these systems have responded to some of the same challenges now facing the Council of Europe and the ECtHR. Hismain contention is that international human rights courts, wherever they are located, require sustained political and material support if they are to thrive and grow over time.