Butler and Björgvinsson discuss Opinion 2/13: EU accession to the ECHR – University of Copenhagen

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13 August 2015

Butler and Björgvinsson discuss Opinion 2/13: EU accession to the ECHR

Graham Butler

Graham Butler

In the newly published issue of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, two researchers from the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen discuss the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Within the interview, Graham Butler, a PhD Fellow and Researcher at the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies discusses Opinion 2/13 from the Court of the Justice of the European Union on the Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights with David Thór Björgvinsson, Professor of Law at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, who is a former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

David Thór Björgvinsson

David Thór Björgvinsson

Containing an insiders perspective on the internal workings of the Strasbourg Court, the discussion centres on whether Opinion 2/13 from the Court of Justice of the European Union was a political decision disguised in legal argument, or if there was legitimate reasons for the Court to find a number of incompatibilities between the Draft Accession Agreement and the Treaties of the European. They also discuss some wider issues that the European Court of Human Rights in facing and its potential changing nature of judgments, as well as other future challenges that the Court may be confronted with into the future.

The interview, ‘A Political Decision Disguised as Legal Argument? Opinion 2/13 and European Union Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights’, is available from the repository of the University of Copenhagen.