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Thomas Kronschläger and Eva Sommer

Ever since the implementation of the LHC at CERN, visions of apocalyptical scenarios, involving ‘black holes’, ‘dark matter’, ‘strange matter’ and so forth, were propagated by the media. The field in which CERN is operating has been raising concerns and anxieties, leading to several lurid newspaper articles in many European countries; it even resulted in an action for injunction at the European Court of Human Rights, filed by a private institution. In an interdisciplinary qualitative approach, drawing on Keller’s methodology ‘sociology of knowledge approach to discourse’ (SKAD), the public discourse on CERN’s LHC will be analysed. Using a sample of journalistic texts, underlying patterns will be classified, categorised and analysed separately. The SKAD approach seems to be suitable for analysis here, given the problem of distribution of knowledge appears to be a relevant factor.

Francesco Fronterotta

violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The victory before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the Lautsi judgment of a variegated coalition of actors ranging from the strong alliance between the Vati- can and the Italian Government to the Russia of the New Orthodoxy as

Christopher Tollefsen

medical law and ethics. Combined with the emphasis on quality of life, autonomy results, Keown argues, in an instability of the law at the end of life. Proposals, whether adopted as in the Netherlands and Oregon, or merely contemplated, as in Britain and the European Court of Human Rights, to relax laws


Richard Lang and Mark Bell

allowed to consult Parliamentary records and so on). An international judge taking time to ascertain local views is not such an unusual concept; the European Court of Human Rights often undertakes such an exercise, and indeed has a Research Division for precisely that purpose. 42 Alternatively, the judge


Richard Lang and Mark Bell

oral submissions to request that the Bench apply the Override, possibly to the meaning which they themselves had adduced, but more likely to the meaning adduced by the other side , if and when the latter meaning was accepted. As the European Court of Human Rights itself has put it, ‘Although

Javier Hidalgo

in 1892. Although international law has changed over time to become more accommodating to refugees and asylum-seekers, states and international law continue to affirm the core elements of the above view. For example, in 2005 the European Court of Human Rights argued that: “[a]s a matter of well

Eric R. Boot

be the subject of debate. Dennis Thompson refers to this as ‘partial secrecy’ (Thompson, Dennis F. 1999. Democratic Secrecy. Political Science Quarterly 114: 181–193). 43 Examples include the case law of the European Court of Human Rights ( EC t HR ) (e.g., EC t HR (Grand Chamber). Guja v

Paul Billingham

apparently secular job as imbued with religious significance? Consider the case of Obst v. Germany , decided by the European Court of Human Rights in 2010. 8 Michael Obst was the Mormon Church’s European Director for public affairs. He was dismissed for having an extra-marital affair, a serious sin within