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A Theory of Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights

George Letsas


This book provides a philosophical study of the methods of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. By drawing on Anglo-American legal, political, and moral philosophy, it also aims to provide a normative theory of the foundations of the ECHR rights. The author argues that, unlike the role of human rights in theories of global justice, the purpose of the ECHR is not to set conditions for the legitimate tolerance of states at the international level; and unlike the role of human rights in the work of international human rights organisations, the purpose of the EC ... More

Keywords: philosophical foundations of human rights, interpretation of human rights, ECHR, margin of appreciation, consensus, drafters' intentions, deference, judicial discretion, legality, autonomous concepts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Letsas, author
Lecturer in Law, University College London