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Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights$
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Philip Leach and Alice Donald

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198734246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734246.001.0001

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Origins and Methodology

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

Alice Donald

Philip Leach

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides the context for the book by charting the institutional and political pressures facing the system of protection under the European Convention on Human Rights, and their relevance to the role of national parliaments. These pressures are summarized as ‘backlog’ (the accumulation of applications before the European Court of Human Rights and the large number of its judgments that remain unimplemented) and ‘backlash’ (attacks on the legitimacy and authority of the Court, especially in the UK). The chapter argues that these interrelated challenges create a dual imperative—on parliaments, among other state actors—to enhance both the effectiveness and perceived legitimacy of the Convention system. The chapter also outlines the qualitative methodology used in the research for the book, which involved ninety-two semi-structured interviews, principally in five states (Ukraine, Romania, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany) and in Council of Europe institutions.

Keywords:   parliament, ECHR, Convention, court, democracy, human rights, implementation, compliance, legitimacy, Council of Europe

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