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Legitimacy and Independence of International Tribunals: An Analysis of the European Court of Human Rights

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Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

University of Liverpool

Donal Coffey

University of Portsmouth

Date Written: March 24, 2014

Abstract

This paper explores the theoretical framework of judicial independence of international tribunals, with specific reference to the independence of the European Court of Human Rights. It then argues that independence is a key aspect of the legitimacy of an international tribunal and suggests that legal reforms designed to enhance the judicial independence of the European Court of Human Rights should focus on the two main structural parts of the Court, namely the judiciary and the Registry. This paper analyses a number of proposed reforms that can make the European Court of Human Rights more independent and credible. These insights are applicable to other international judicial fora.

Keywords: Independence, legitimacy, European Court of Human Rights, International Law, interpretation

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Dzehtsiarou, Kanstantsin and Coffey, Donal, Legitimacy and Independence of International Tribunals: An Analysis of the European Court of Human Rights (March 24, 2014). Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, No 37, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584377

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (Contact Author)

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Donal Coffey

University of Portsmouth ( email )

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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2UP
United States

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