Episode 24: Vainly knocking on the shut doors of Strasbourg
When a door is firmly shut, getting it to open can be very difficult. This image is useful to understand the effect of a finding by the European Court of Human Rights that a provision of the European Convention on Human Rights is either not applicable or not violated.
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Strasbourg negative rulings are often categorical. They tend to get repeated from one case to the next, in a fairly automatic manner. They result in applicants being summarily rejected when they come knocking on the Strasbourg doors.
A violation verdict is less categorical. It effects an opening – but how wide this opening is typically needs to be tested over time.
Maaouia is an example of shut doors that was examined in the last episode. In this episode, I discuss other examples: Abdulaziz, Cabales and Balkandali (no right to family reunion), N. v. UK (return to an early death), and Saadi v. UK (immigration detention for administrative convenience).
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