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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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The Netherlands

The Netherlands

(p.261) 8 The Netherlands
Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

Alice Donald

Philip Leach

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the involvement of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands in the implementation of European Convention on Human Rights standards and judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The Dutch parliament adopts a cross-cutting approach to human rights oversight, having no specialized human rights committee. The chapter finds that matters of human rights implementation remain essentially controlled by the executive; parliamentary involvement in human rights questions tends to be ad hoc, perfunctory, and overly dependent upon prevalent political priorities. More systematic attention to human rights matters is paid by the Senate compared to the House of Representatives. The Senate was also largely responsible for stemming a political backlash against the Strasbourg Court, which peaked in 2012. The chapter draws on interviews with parliamentarians, government officials, civil society organizations, and the former Dutch judge at the Court.

Keywords:   the Netherlands, Dutch, Senate, House of Representatives, parliament, ECHR, Convention, court, implementation, human rights

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