Friday 28 May 2021

Book Launch of Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights

The recent book of Rory O'Connell (Ulster University), entitled Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights (on which we reported earlier here), will be officially launched in June. The Transitional Justice Institute at which he is best is organising the launch on Friday 25 June from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM BST. The launch will include contributions from Prof Conor Gearty (LSE), Prof Ruth Rubio Marin (Sevilla) and from Prof Rory O'Connell himself. You can register for the event here.

Here is a part of the book's abstract: 

'Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights examines the political rights jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. It discusses how the Court supports a liberal representative and substantive model of democracy, and outlines the potential for the Court to interpret the Convention so as to support more deliberative, participatory and inclusive democratic practices. The book commences with an overview of different theories of democracy and then discusses the origins of the Council of Europe and the Convention and presents the basic principles on the interpretation and application of the Convention. Subsequent chapters explore issues around free expression, free assembly and association, the scope of the electoral rights, the right to vote, the right to run for election and issues about electoral systems. Issues discussed include rights relating to referendums, voting rights for prisoners and non-nationals, trade union rights and freedom of information.'