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10 November 2016

The future of ECtHR: Midterm review after the Brighton declaration

Christoffersen and Madsen publishes article in Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen, examining possible reforms of ECtHR in the light of the Danish government’s decision to raise the question of the Court, when Denmark in 2017 will assume the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

In the article, the authors builds on their analysis from 2015 where they argued that that a better protection of human rights in Europe requires a sustainable institutional structure where attention is on significant rights abuses, and where primary liability is placed with the democratic institutions in the countries of the Council of Europe. In the new article they review the reforms so far and laid out the framework for a possible reform agenda with regard to case management, subsidiarity and election of judges.

Read the article here: U.2016B.392 (In Danish)

Jonas Christoffersen is Executive Director of The Danish Institute for Human Rights and Doctor Juris from the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He is an expert on Danish and international human rights law and has recently published on the democratic challenge of human rights, the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, and the European Convention on Human rights.

Mikael Rask Madsen is Center Director and Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts). Mikael Rask Madsen’s research is focused on globalization and the role of legal institutions and professionals in these processes, including international courts and their evolutions and challenges, the role of legal elites in the globalization, the development of the legal profession and legal knowledge and power.