Research event

Workshop: Execution of the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Taking stock and thinking forward

The workshop is organised within the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School, Middlesex University, and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

This workshop brings together academics, government agents, members of national human rights institutions, Council of Europe staff, and the members of civil society, who work on the implementation of human rights judgments, to take stock of the challenges of implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments. It will focus in particular on the challenges posed by delayed execution, deficient execution, and resistance to execution. It will review the barriers to execution as well as the best practices for attaining execution, and investigate the ways in which the execution of human rights judgments can be made more effective domestically and at the level of the Council of Europe.

Prior registration to attend the workshop as listener is required. Registered attendees will receive the login details via e-mail prior to the event. 

Please note that registration will close on Friday 30 April, 8:00 am CEST. 

Please find the full programme here

Recommended readings suggested by speakers:

Başak Çali, Anne Koch, Foxes Guarding the Foxes? The Peer Review of Human Rights Judgments by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 14 Human Rights Law Review (June 2014), Pages 301–325.

Cristian Correa, Shuichi Furuya, and Clara Sandoval, Reparations for Victims of Armed Conflict. (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Fiona De Londras, Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Mission Impossible? Addressing Non-Execution through Infringement Proceedings in the European Courtof Human Rights, 66(2) International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2017), 467-490.

Alice Donald, Philip Leach, Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights. (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Veronika Fikfak, Changing State Behaviour: Damages before the European Court of Human Rights, 29 European Journal of International Law (November 2018), Pages 1091–1125.

Philip Leach, Some Justice Out of Repression and Reprisals: On the Plight of Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan.

Rachel Murray, Clara Sandoval, Balancing Specificity of Reparation Measures and States’ Discretion to Enhance Implementation, 12 Journal of Human Rights Practice (February 2020), Pages 101–124.

Davide Paris, Allies and Counterbalances. Constitutional courts and the ECHR: A Comparative Perspective, 77 Heidelberg Journal of International Law (2017) 623-649

Davide Paris, (ed.), Special issue of the Heidelberg Journal of International Law (2017), A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest. On the constitutional court's underestimated contribution to the domestic enforcement of the ECHR

Clara Sandoval, Philip Leach, Rachel Murray, Monitoring, Cajoling and Promoting Dialogue: What Role for Supranational Human Rights Bodies in the Implementation of Individual Decisions?,12 Journal of Human Rights Practice (February 2020) Pages 71–100.

Clara Sandoval, The Power of Hearings, Unleashing Compliance with Judgments at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Clara Sandoval, Two steps forward, one step back: Reflections on the jurisprudential turn of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic reparation programmes, The International Journal of Human Rights Volume 22 issue 9, 1192-1208 (2018).

Special issue of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, Volume 12, Issue 1, (February 2020), Righting Wrongs: The Dynamics of Implementing International Human Rights Decisions.

Blog series, Open Society Justice Initiative and University of Bristol, Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes, and New Directions