European Consensus: A Way of Reasoning

18 Pages Posted: 28 May 2009

Date Written: May, 28 2009


The margin of appreciation is probably one of the most controversial and widely discussed concepts that has been developed by the European Court of Human Rights. A few books and hundreds of articles1 were written to justify or challenge the margin of appreciation. European consensus argument has always operated in the shadow of the wider concept of margin of appreciation. However European consensus is called to define the landmark signs capable to turn around the ECtHR reasoning. Moreover, European consensus goes far beyond mere determination of the scope of margin of appreciation. Different types of consensus argument assist in defining the meaning of vague conventional terms, approached as a common denominator for autonomous interpretation, measure proportionality of interference. The present article aims to conceptualise the notion of European consensus and structure the divergent references of this concept in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Suggested Citation

Dzehtsiarou, Kanstantsin, European Consensus: A Way of Reasoning (May, 28 2009). University College Dublin Law Research Paper No. 11/2009, Available at SSRN: or

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool ( email )

Brownlow Hill
Liverpool, L69 3BX
United Kingdom

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