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The Impact of the ECHR on Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe
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  • Edited by Iulia Motoc, European Court of Human Rights; Universitatea din Bucureşti, Romania, Ineta Ziemele, Constitutional Court of Latvia; Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia
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High hopes were placed in the ability of the European Convention and the Court of Human Rights to help realise fundamental freedoms and civil and political rights in the post-communist countries. This book explores the effects of the Strasbourg human rights system on the domestic law, politics and reality of the new member states. With contributions by past and present judges of the European Court of Human Rights and assorted constitutional courts, this book provides an insider view of the relationship between Central and Eastern European states and the ECHR, and examines the fundamental role played by the ECHR in the process of democratisation, particularly the areas of the right to liberty, the right to propriety, freedom of expression, and minorities' rights.


'I think this is a fascinating book, and one that will be widely read by legal practitioners and scholars across Europe and beyond. It will be particularly useful for students trying to come to terms with the many ways in which the ECHR influences and shapes widely different legal cultures and practices … The book shows the importance of the Council of Europe, and the ECHR, in facilitating this transformation and supporting States in meeting their obligation to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.'

Paul Johnson Source: ECHR Sexual Orientation Blog (

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