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The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention

Marco Duranti


This study radically reinterprets the origins of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), arguing that conservatives conceived of the treaty not only as a means of containing communism and fascism in continental Europe, but also as a vehicle for pursuing a controversial domestic political agenda on either side of the Channel. A European Court of Human Rights was meant to constrain the ability of democratically elected governments to implement left-wing policies that British and French conservatives believed violated their basic liberties. Conservative human rights rhetoric evoked a roma ... More

Keywords: Britain, conservatism, ECHR, European Convention on Human Rights, European identity, European integration, France, history and memory, human rights, international law

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Duranti, author
Lecturer in Modern European and International History, University of Sydney

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