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The Historical Development of the European Court of Human Rights Authority

Wallgren, Daniel LU (2017) JURM02 20172
Department of Law
Faculty of Law
Abstract (Swedish)
Europadomstolen har utvecklats från att ha varit en politisk kompromiss under Kalla Kriget till att idag vara en av världens mest inflytelserika internationella domstolar. Dess makt kan i princip endast motsvaras av konstitutionella domstolar.
Uppsatsen har som syfte att undersöka hur Europadomstolen har uppnått sin nuvarande maktställning.
Under de 20 första åren utvecklade domstolen sin makt genom att förhålla sig inställsam gentemot medlemsstaterna. Mot slutet av 1970-talet och fram till mitten av 1980-talet utformades en stor del av domstolens rättspraxis. Genom denna lyckades domstolen sedan skaffa sig ytterligare maktbefogenheter. I början av 2000-talet utvidgade domstolens sitt inflytande avsevärt, vilket ledde till höjda... (More)
Europadomstolen har utvecklats från att ha varit en politisk kompromiss under Kalla Kriget till att idag vara en av världens mest inflytelserika internationella domstolar. Dess makt kan i princip endast motsvaras av konstitutionella domstolar.
Uppsatsen har som syfte att undersöka hur Europadomstolen har uppnått sin nuvarande maktställning.
Under de 20 första åren utvecklade domstolen sin makt genom att förhålla sig inställsam gentemot medlemsstaterna. Mot slutet av 1970-talet och fram till mitten av 1980-talet utformades en stor del av domstolens rättspraxis. Genom denna lyckades domstolen sedan skaffa sig ytterligare maktbefogenheter. I början av 2000-talet utvidgade domstolens sitt inflytande avsevärt, vilket ledde till höjda kritiska röster bland medlemsstaterna. För att dessa skulle dämpas påbörjade domstolen arbetet med att ge tillbaka en del av sin uppnådda makt, vilket under senare år har inneburit en risk för skapandet av en dubbelstandard inom domstolens jurisdiktion. (Less)
Abstract
The modernistic idea that constitutional governance exclusively accrues to states has been called into question through the development of a ‘beyond the state’ decision-making capacity by international courts.
The European Court of Human Rights is one of the most influential international courts in the world; its authoritative status is essentially only matched by constitutional courts.
The evolution of the Court has not been the product of States Parties actively seeking its furthered development. Rather, it has acquired additional legal powers through developing its authority.
This thesis uses human rights theory to examine the transformation of the ECtHR's authority from its creation.
During the first 20 years of the Court's... (More)
The modernistic idea that constitutional governance exclusively accrues to states has been called into question through the development of a ‘beyond the state’ decision-making capacity by international courts.
The European Court of Human Rights is one of the most influential international courts in the world; its authoritative status is essentially only matched by constitutional courts.
The evolution of the Court has not been the product of States Parties actively seeking its furthered development. Rather, it has acquired additional legal powers through developing its authority.
This thesis uses human rights theory to examine the transformation of the ECtHR's authority from its creation.
During the first 20 years of the Court's existence, it facilitated its authority through a ‘state-friendly' approach. In the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, the Court developed its jurisprudence and saw its authority rise significantly.
During the 2000s, the Court expanded much of its influence over Europe by giving many rights a broader interpretation. Hence, steadfastly tightening the grip of its legal control due to an increased jurisdiction. Through most parts of history, the ECtHR has extended its authority in conjunction with the acceptance from the States Parties. The broadening of its jurisdiction soon resulted in a growing discourse of discontent. As a response the Court began its ‘authority-enhancing’ approach, deferring power back to the States Parties. Consequently, however, there is increasing signs that this action has the potential of creating a 'double standard' in Europe. (Less)
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author
Wallgren, Daniel LU
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organization
alternative title
Den historiska utvecklingen av Europadomstolens auktoritet
course
JURM02 20172
year
type
H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
Public International Law
language
English
id
8930722
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  abstract     = {The modernistic idea that constitutional governance exclusively accrues to states has been called into question through the development of a ‘beyond the state’ decision-making capacity by international courts.
The European Court of Human Rights is one of the most influential international courts in the world; its authoritative status is essentially only matched by constitutional courts.
The evolution of the Court has not been the product of States Parties actively seeking its furthered development. Rather, it has acquired additional legal powers through developing its authority.
This thesis uses human rights theory to examine the transformation of the ECtHR's authority from its creation. 
During the first 20 years of the Court's existence, it facilitated its authority through a ‘state-friendly' approach. In the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, the Court developed its jurisprudence and saw its authority rise significantly.
During the 2000s, the Court expanded much of its influence over Europe by giving many rights a broader interpretation. Hence, steadfastly tightening the grip of its legal control due to an increased jurisdiction. Through most parts of history, the ECtHR has extended its authority in conjunction with the acceptance from the States Parties. The broadening of its jurisdiction soon resulted in a growing discourse of discontent. As a response the Court began its ‘authority-enhancing’ approach, deferring power back to the States Parties. Consequently, however, there is increasing signs that this action has the potential of creating a 'double standard' in Europe.},
  author       = {Wallgren, Daniel},
  keyword      = {Public International Law},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Historical Development of the European Court of Human Rights Authority},
  year         = {2017},
}