Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights

New book by Rory O’Connell


Cambridge University Press has just published Law, Democracy and the European Court of Human Rights (CUP 2020) by Prof Rory O’Connell.

The book examines the political rights jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. It discusses how the Court supports a liberal representative and substantive model of democracy, and outlines the potential for the Court to interpret the Convention so as to support more deliberative, participatory and inclusive democratic practices.

The book commences with an overview of different theories of democracy and then discusses the origins of the Council of Europe and the Convention and presents the basic principles on the interpretation and application of the Convention.

Subsequent chapters explore issues around free expression, free assembly and association, the scope of the electoral rights, the right to vote, the right to run for election and issues about electoral systems. Issues discussed include rights relating to referendums, voting rights for prisoners and non-nationals, trade union rights and freedom of information.

Full details of the book are on the Cambridge UP website.



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