Research event

The authoritarian strategies and the ECtHR

A presentation by Başak Çalı (Hertie School). This event is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Comparative politics scholarship tells us that Europe and, in turn, the Council of Europe, is currently composed of a spectrum of political regime types ranging from democracies to hybrid regimes to autocracies. Autocratising or autocratic powers share common strategies and practices with a view to establish or consolidate their long-term rule. The use of constitutional and ordinary law to curb pluralism, dissent, democratic institutions and the independence of the judiciary, the use of domestic courts and judicial review in the service of democratic erosion and the use of administration of justice mechanisms as a tool of social and political control over individual dissident voices are three such common strategies. What is more, autocratic or autocratising regimes in Europe appropriate key concepts of European human rights law while advancing autocratic legalist strategies and argue for accommodation as a matter of constitutional pluralism. Against this background, does the ECtHR have the resources to address these strategies? How do we assess the judicial responses it has offered so far?

This presentation is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium's cluster on 'Authoritarianism, Populism and Fundamental Rights'.

Başak Çalı is Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is an expert in international law and institutions, international human rights law and policy. She has authored publications on theories of international law, the relationship between international law and domestic law, standards of review in international law, interpretation of human rights law, legitimacy of human rights courts, and implementation of human rights judgments. Çalı is the Chair of European Implementation Network and a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. She has acted as a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights since 2002. She has extensive experience in training members of the judiciary and lawyers across Europe in the field of human rights law. She received her PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in 2003.

Prior registration is required. Registered attendees will receive the dial-in details as well as a draft paper, on which the presentation is based, via e-mail prior to the event.