Monday 1 February 2021

ESIL Webinar on ECHR and International Law

The Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals of the European Society of International Law is organising an online webinar on ‘The Influence, Legacy and Future of the European Court of Human Rights in the International Legal Order’. The webinar will be held on 8 June 2021.
Here is the call for papers prepared by the organisers: 
“This year the European Convention of Human Rights celebrates 70 years since its adoption. The European Court of Human Rights – the body responsible for enforcing the Convention across 47 Member States of the Council of Europe – is regarded as one of the most successful and impactful international courts. The Court has played a major role in interpreting and clarifying the text of the Convention and in positioning the Convention in the domestic legal orders of Member States. Yet, the Court’s case-law has also importantly influenced other regional and international courts and tribunals, specifically the interpretation of international criminal law, humanitarian law, the law of immunity, migration and refugee law as well as opened up challenges posed by conflicting obligations arising from other international treaties. 
Against this background, an online webinar will explore the influence, legacy and future of the European Court of Human Rights in the wider international legal order. The Interest Group welcomes papers addressing topics including but not limited to:
  • the influence of the ECtHR on the jurisprudence of other international courts and tribunals (including by creating potential conflicts between the Convention and other branches of international law);
  • the place of the ECtHR in relation to other international and regional courts/tribunals, including the Court of Justice of the European Union;
  • the influence of the ECtHR on domestic courts outside the Council of Europe;
  • the future of the ECtHR in the international legal order.

Members of the Interest Group are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words by emailing them to The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 21, 2021.”