Subjects and Objects of EU Human Rights Law
Posted: 11 Jan 2019 Last revised: 5 Dec 2019
Date Written: January 10, 2019
This chapter pursues reflections about the contested nature of the EU in the context of EU human rights law, focussing in particular on some case law of the European Court of Justice. It investigates how the subjects and objects of EU human rights law can be understood, given the problematic contested identities of both human rights themselves, and the very nature of the EU. Caselaw from the European Court reveals that individuals are often subsumed to principles of EU law, such as direct effect, autonomy, supremacy, jurisdiction, and proportionality, that render the distinction of ‘subject/object’ highly ambivalent.
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