The Pilot-Judgment Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights

Structural human rights deficiencies in the member states of the European Convention of Human Rights have caused numerous individual applications to the European Court of Human Rights and are a considerable factor in the Court's persistent overload crisis. The Pilot-Judgment Procedure was devised to tackle these structural deficiencies and has become an important instrument of the Court.

Dominik Haider examines to which extent the Pilot-Judgment Procedure is reconcilable with the European Convention on Human Rights. After an analysis of the member states’ obligations to resolve structural deficiencies, the author asks if the European Court of Human Rights is empowered to take the procedural steps which are characteristic of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure. In particular, the Court's express orders are critically scrutinised.

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Dominik Haider, Dr. iur. (2012, Vienna), is a research assistant at the University of Vienna and currently enrolled as a Master’s student at University College London. His published work is focused on European Union Law and Austrian Constitutional Law.
"Da der EGMR in den letzten Jahren zunehmend auf Piloturteilsverfahren zurückgegriffen hat, macht es durchaus Sinn, sich genauer mit dieser speziellen Verfahrensart zu befassen. Das vorliegende Buch arbeitet interessante Erkenntnisse im Hinblick auf die Kompatibilität dieses Verfahrens mit Struktur und Grundsätzen der Konvention heraus."
Stefan Kieber, Newsletter Menschenrechte, 5/2013-Literatur, Österreichisches Institut für Menschenrechte.
Preface; Table of Contents; Abbreviations;
A. Introduction;
1 The Underlying Problem;
2 The Steps of Examination to be Conducted;
B. Context and Development of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure;
3 Overview;
4 Judicial Development Leading to Pilot Judgments;
5 Political Context and Development;
6 Conclusion;
C. Elements of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure;
7 Overview;
8 Definitions;
9 The Elements of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure;
10 Conclusio;
D. The Contracting States’ Obligations under the Convention;
11 Overview;
12 Obligation to Implement the Convention;
13 Obligations to Abide by Judgments of the Court;
14 Pilot Judgments: A New Approach to Redress?;
E. The Court’s Competences;
15 Overview;
16 Pilot Judgments and the Individual Complaints Procedure;
17 Determination of Remedial Measures;
18 Assessment of General Measures in Friendly Settlement Judgments;
19 Adjournment and Striking Out of Applications;
F. Conclusion;
Annex; 1 Pilot Judgments; 2 Index of Case-Law; 3 Literature; 4 Other Documents; Index.
Anybody interested in the Strasbourg system of human rights protection established by the European Convention on Human Rights, especially anyone concerned with the current overload of this system.