The European Court of Human Rights stifles elected authorities

In an op-ed published in the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet, PluriCourts co-directors Geir Ulfstein and Andreas Føllesdal discuss the relationship between public international law and democratically elected national authorities.

Referring to recent debates in Norway, Ulfstein and Føllesdal present the opposing criticism against the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). On the one hand, the Court is accused of not being strict enough in cases of alleged human rights violations. On the other hand, many consider that the ECtHR does not give enough leeway to democratically elected governments and legislators, but also national courts, to decide on suitable solutions domestically. They show that steps have been taken to address these criticisms.

Ulfstein and Føllesdal show what each of the players should do in the current situation: The European Court of Human Rights, the Norwegian Supreme Court, and the Norwegian Parliament.

Read the op-ed here (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 10, 2015 2:15 PM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2015 2:15 PM