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Building Consensus on European Consensus

Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights in Europe and Beyond



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Should prisoners have voting rights? Should terminally ill patients have a right to assisted suicide? Should same-sex couples have a right to marry and adopt? The book examines how such questions can be resolved within the framework of the European Convention of Human Rights. 'European consensus' is a tool of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights as a means to identify evolution in the laws and practices of national legal systems when addressing morally sensitive or politically controversial human rights questions. If European consensus exists, the Court can establish new human rights standards that will be binding across European states. The chapters of the book are structured around three themes: a) conceptualisation of European consensus, its modus operandi and its effects; b) critical evaluation of its legitimacy and of its outputs; c) comparison with similar methods of judicial interpretation in other legal systems.

Author Biography

Panos Kapotas is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Portsmouth Law School. His research interests range from Equality and Anti-discrimination law to European Human Rights law and European Union law. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an LLM from University College London and a first degree in Law from the Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has published in leading law journals on a range of issues, with a particular focus on equality. He has taught EU law and Human Rights law at the LSE, City University London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, University of Essex and Queen Mary University of London. Dr Kapotas is qualified with the Athens' Bar Association. Vassilis P. Tzevelekos is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice. He is a general international law lawyer with a special interest in human rights protection and has published extensively in these areas. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the European University Institute, Florence, where he also did a Master on Legal Research. He studied European Politics at the College of Europe and International Law at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Dr Tzevelekos is qualified with the Athens' Bar Association.
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January 31st, 2019
Edited by Panos Kapotas Edited by Vassilis P. Tzevelekos
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Worked examples or Exercises; 1 Line drawings, black and white
Cambridge University Press
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