Family Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights
On 5th April 2017, Dr Carmen Draghici launched her new book, The Legitimacy of Family Rights in Strasbourg Case Law: 'Living Instrument’ or Extinguished Sovereignty?' (Hart Publishing) at an event titled 'Author meets Readers' in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre.
Dr Draghici is a Senior Lecturer, who teaches European Human Rights Law and Family and Child Law at undergraduate and graduate-entry levels.
Placing family rights at the core of the judicial legitimacy debate, her book provides a critical analysis of the standards of family rights protection under the Convention.
Enforcement of rights
It evaluates the Court’s interpretive methodology and discusses the tensions inherent in its supranational quasi-constitutional function.
These include the risk of excessive deference to national authorities, at the expense of the effective enforcement of universal rights; the addition of 'new rights'; and inattention to the division of responsibilities between democratic processes within sovereign States and the subsidiary international review.
A panel discussion, chaired by Dean of the City Law School, Professor Carl Stychin, helped launch the book.
The panellists included Dr Draghici; Professor Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck School of Law; and Professor Alison Diduck, Professor of Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London.
(All photos courtesy Michael John White)