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International Conference

The European Court of Human Rights in East-West Relations: Norms, Values and Legal Politics

The International Conference "The European Court of Human Rights in East-West Relations: Norms, Values and Legal Politics" is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the participation of the Russian Federation in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). At the same time, the goal of the conference is not only to assess retrospectively the results (progress, difficulties and problems) of the implementation of the ECHR standards by Russia, but also to evaluate influence of the ECHR on other countries of the Eastern and Central Europe within a wider context of the East-West relations. Among the key issues will be considered the policy of interpretation of this international treaty; a new surge of interest in the role of subsidiarity principles and the "margin of appreciation" doctrine, including the widespread thesis of "dialogue of courts"; the epistemological force of the ECHR and whether and to what extent the ECHR may be regarded as a tool for "Westernization".

Organizers: Faculty of Law, HSE (Moscow, Russia), University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia), PluriCourts, University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway).

Conference Programme

Day1
First Day (18th of May 2018)
Venue: HSE, Moscow, Maysnitskaya Street 9/11, conference-hall 518
8:30 – 9:00
Registration
9:00 – 9:15
Opening Session
9:15 – 11:00
1st Session

The European Court of Human Rights and Russia – 20 Years Together: Assessing Progress, Problems and Future

Chair: Vladislav Starzhenetskiy (HSE)

The European Court of Human Rights and Russia – 20 Years Together: Assessing Progress, Problems and Future
  • Maria Filatova (HSE) - 20 Years of the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Russian Legal System: An (Un)True Story of Internalization?
  • Lauri Malksoo (University of Tartu) - Russia's Participation in the European Human Rights Protection System: A Historical Perspective
  • Olga Chernishova (Head of Legal Division, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights) - Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: where we are today
Panel discussion
11:00-11:20
Coffee break
11:20 – 15:50
2nd Session

Experience of Implementation of the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: A Comparative Perspective

Chair: Geir Ulfstein (PluriCourts)

11:20 – 13:30
  • Estonia (Katre Luhamaa, University of Tartu) - Influence of the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Estonian Legislation and Court Practice
  • Romania (Laura-Maria Crăciunean-Tatu, "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Member of the Council of Europe Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities)
  • Poland (Rafał Mańko, University of Amsterdam and University of Wroclaw) – The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Transformation of Polish Legal Culture
  • Czech Republic (David Kosar, Masaryk University, Brno) - The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Czech Republic: Determinants of Compliance Difficulties
  • Turkey (Berke Özenç, Turkish-German University) - The Impact of European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on the Legal Order of Turkey
13:30 – 14:30
Lunch
14:30 – 15:50
  • Veronika Bilkova (Institute of International Relations in Prague and Vice-President of the Venice Commission) – The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Central and East-European States: A View from the Venice Commission  
  • Natalya Sekretaryeva (HSE) – Participation of the Post-communist States in the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: a Two-Way Road?
Panel discussion
15:50 – 16:10
Coffee Break
16:10 – 18:30
Presentation and Discussion of the Monograph “Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect”

(see: the monograph here)

Book Presentation:

Chair: Marten Breuer (University of Konstanz)

Editors: Wolfgang Benedeck (University of Graz) and Lauri Malksoo (University of Tartu)

Discussants:  Philippa Hetherington (University College of London), Tatyana Borisova (HSE-SPb), Olga Chernishova (Head of Legal Division, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights)

Authors: Mikhail Antonov (HSE - SPb), Bill Bowring (Birkbeck University of London), Vladislav Starzhenezkiy (HSE)

18:30
Reception (by invitation)
Day2
Second Day (19th of May 2018)
Venue: HSE, Moscow, Maysnitskaya Street 9/11, conference-hall 518
09:00 - 11:20
3rd Session

The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as an Instrument of Westernization of Domestic Legal Orders?

Chair: Larissa van den Herik (Leiden University)

  • Andreas Follesdal (PluriCourts) – Protecting and Promoting Universal, European or Western European Human Rights?
  • Andrea Bianchi (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland) – Staying Put or Running Wild? The Politics of Interpretation of the ECtHR as a Function of its Judicial Policy
  • Geir Ulfstein (PluriCourts) – The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Margin of Appreciation
  • Jeffrey Kahn (Southern Methodist University, PluriCourts) - The Origins of Russia's Membership in the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
Panel Discussion
11:20 – 11:35
Coffee Break
11:35 – 14:00
4th Session

The European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Socialisation and Legal Identity of Its States-Parties

Chair: Lauri Malksoo (University of Tartu)

  • Thomas Risse (Freie Universitaet Berlin) – “Socialization” of States via Human Rights Law
  • Grigory Vaypan (Institute of Law and Public Policy) - The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Non-Compliance with European Court of Human Rights Judgments: Protecting 'Constitutional Identity' or Tilting at Windmills?
  • Vladislav Starzhenetsky (HSE) – Limits of Socialization and a Russian Defense Mechanism
Panel Discussion
14:00 – 14:15
Concluding remarks
14:15 – 15:15
Lunch
Cultural program (by invitation)