Episode twelve: The optimist says the bottle is half-empty

You may wonder why I keep stressing the weaknesses of the Strasbourg case law rather than choosing to focus on its strengths.

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In a nutshell, this is because I want a strong European Court of Human Rights, a court that is not shy in protecting human rights.

If the weaknesses that affect the Strasbourg case law are ignored, it’s as if we had already given up on the idea of setting up a strong human rights agenda in Europe.

Strategically this is not even useful as it makes it difficult to refute attacks on the Court by those who, coming from the opposite end, say that the Court is dispensing far too many rights.

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Episode one: Do migrants have human rights too?

In this first episode in a series of podcasts about migrants’ human rights, Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour discusses whether the European Court of Human rights is striking the right balance when it comes to protecting the human rights of migrants.

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While some politicians and sections of the media give the impression that migrants have too many human rights, Marie argues that despite high profile cases like Abu Qatada, the reality is that there are a multitude of migrants in Europe who are left with little human rights protection.

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