Access to Abortion in Cases of Fatal Fetal Abnormality: A New Direction for the European Court of Human Rights?

31 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018  

Dr. Bríd Ní Ghráinne

University of Sheffield

Dr Aisling McMahon

Durham Law School

Date Written: March 12, 2018

Abstract

In contrast to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRComm), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has not yet found that a prohibition of abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormality (FFA) violates the prohibition of torture or inhuman and degrading treatment (Art 3 ECHR). We argue that the ECtHR is on the verge of aligning itself with the HRComm because (i) recent ECtHR jurisprudence on abortion rights is broadening; (ii) the ECtHR frequently uses international law as an interpretative tool; and (iii) moving in the direction of the HRComm would not be as controversial as it may have been in the past.

Keywords: abortion, fatal fetal abnormality, human rights, fragmentation, cross-fertilization, judicial dialogue, European Court of Human Rights, Human Rights Committee.

Suggested Citation

Ní Ghráinne, Dr. Bríd and McMahon, Dr Aisling, Access to Abortion in Cases of Fatal Fetal Abnormality: A New Direction for the European Court of Human Rights? (March 12, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138612 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3138612

Dr. Bríd Ní Ghráinne

University of Sheffield ( email )

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Aisling McMahon (Contact Author)

Durham Law School ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

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