The European Court of Human Rights at Sixty – Challenges and Perspectives

In: European Convention on Human Rights Law Review
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We may doubt whether human rights are still the focus of debate in European societies. Other topics such as climate change and loss of natural resources have started dominating the headlines; end-of-the-world-scenarios drive people on the streets. A single new right – the ‘right to survival’, seems to replace the panoply of human rights that have developed over centuries.

However, even if superseded by more urgent and more universal political questions, human rights discourse is vivid, powerful, and controversial. It is, however, no longer a clear pro-human-rights discourse. More and more loud voices with an anti-human rights agenda emerge, a

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