Judge Rozakis's Separate Opinions and the Strasbourg Dilemma
University College London - Faculty of Laws
June 25, 2011
Separate opinions in the European Court of Human Rights have been pivotal for the development of the Court's jurisprudence and for shaping the Court's judicial style. The paper focuses on the separate opinions of the Vice-President of the Court, judge Christos Rozakis. It shows that judge Rozakis's separate opinions have consistently urged for substantive scrutiny of the necessity of state interference with the applicant's rights, while being critical of granting states a margin of appreciation. The paper argues that Rozakis's critique of the margin of appreciation, as found in his separate opinions, will be one of the Court's most important legacies in the years to come.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: European Court of Human Rights, Separate Opinions, Margin of Appreciation, Proportionality, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)working papers series
Date posted: June 25, 2011
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