Margins of Conflict

The ECHR and Transitions to and from Armed Conflict

Edited by: Antoine Buyse

The European Convention on Human Rights was drafted in the wake of World War II. However, the dark shadows of that war have never fully receded from Europe. Armed conflicts have resurged time and again, from Northern Ireland to Cyprus and Turkey, and from the former Yugoslavia to the Caucasus. This book focuses on the margins of conflict - human rights aspects of transitions from peace to armed conflict and vice versa. First, it explores what limits human rights put on European societies which are on the brink of armed conflict. Second, it surveys the consequences of human rights violations committed during the armed conflict by looking at the aftermath of war. The book offers stimulating thought on a broad range of materials, especially procedural issues, such as the territorial scope of the Convention, states of emergency, freedom of expression and conflict escalation, obligations relating to enforced disappearances, interim measures, and pilot judgments. Taken together, they reflect both the potential and limitations of human rights in the run-up to conflicts, as well as their aftermath. *** "In its 50th year the European Court of Human Rights is faced with urgent questions on human rights in transitions to and from armed conflict. This challenging volume is a most timely contribution by a selection of eminent scholars in this field to the old and new dilemmas facing the Court." - Jenny Goldschmidt, Professor of Human Rights Law


210 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9789400001572