The EU’s maturing towards a multi-faceted polity has not yet brought about a full integration of the two European Human Rights systems. The impression of the EU’s steady progress in the field of human rights protection has been interrupted by the repeated rejection of the political project for the EU to become a signatory of the European Convention of Human Rights. The relation between the two European human rights regimes (if the EU can be characterised as such), and in particular the two courts adjudicating human rights in Europe, is once again up in the air.
A conference “Human Rights in a Changing Europe – Colliding Spheres of Justice?” (15 June 2018) was the culmination point of this research cluster. This international conference, structured around two core themes – “Equality and Social Justice” and “Human Rights vs Criminal Justice” offered a high level debate that explored the frictions created by the co-existence of two different human rights protection regimes in Europe, and the potential to overcome the challenges for respecting, protecting and promoting rights under the ECHR. (More information about this conference, including a full report, video podcasts and summary slides, can be found here)
Researchers participating in this activity include: