Third-Party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights

Third-Party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights

by Nicole Buerli

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Third-Party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights by Nicole Buerli

Over the past few decades, the European Court of Human Rights has been increasingly engaged in constitutional decision-making. In this time, the Court has decided whether abortion, assisted suicide, and surrogate motherhood are human rights. The Court's judgments therefore do not just affect the parties to a particular case, but individuals, other member states, and often European society at large. Unsurprisingly, a variety of entities, such as non-governmental organisations, try to participate in the Court's proceedings as third-party interveners. Acknowledging a certain public interest in its decision-making, the Court accepted the first intervention in 1979. Since that time, interventions by individuals, member states and non-governmental organisations have increased. Yet, despite this long-standing practice, third-party interventions have never been conceptualized. Third-Party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights is the first comprehensive and empirical study on third-party interventions before an international court. Analyzing all cases between 1979 and 2016 that received an intervention, author Nicole Buerli explores their potential influence on the reasoning and decision-making of the Court. She further argues that there are three different types of intervention playing different roles in the administration of justice: amicus curiae interventions by organisations with a virtual interest in the case which strengthen the Court's legitimacy in its democratic environment; member state interventions reinforcing state sovereignty; and actual third-party interventions by individuals who are involved in the facts of a case and who are protecting their own legal interests. As a consequence, the book makes a plea for applying distinct admissibility criteria to the different type of interventions, as well as a more transparent procedure when accepting and denying interventions. [Subject: Human Rights Law, European Law]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780684611
Publisher: Intersentia
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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