'This book examines the role of the European Court of Human Rights in promoting standards of effective civil justice in Europe. It defines judicial effectiveness as composed of three main components, namely the length, cost and predictability of proceedings. Following a comprehensive review of the relevant case law, the book argues that the legal standards established by the Court in these areas are rather modest, and that the legal reasoning behind them is predominantly formalist. Rather than developing an understanding of the relevant policy choices that determine the institutional framework of civil justice, the Court bases its decisions on abstract concepts like 'reasonable time', 'access to court' and 'legal certainty'. By sidelining the key institutional issues such as resource allocation and incentives, the Court has produced a largely theoretical case law that actually has little value for persons who wish to enforce their rights in courts.
Includes both a comprehensive definition of effectiveness as a legal concept and associated European human rights law
Analyses European Court of Human Rights case law from a pragmatic and empirical perspective allowing the reader to understand the distinction between rights and policy as often superficial and judging as a complex practice
Critically examines the work of the European Court of Human Rights helping the reader to review the work of European courts with a more critical eye and understand its problems.'