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The EU Accession to the ECHR

Between Luxembourg’s Search for Autonomy and Strasbourg’s Credibility on Human Rights Protection


  • A unique contribution in this novel field of law

  • Offers an extraordinary perspective on the developing legal pluralism in Europe

  • Includes a reader-friendly introduction and theoretical background on how the relationship between these two regimes of law has gradually developed on the European continent

  • Presents an in-depth examination of the draft accession agreement from comparative perspectives of global law and international jurisdictions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The EU as a Sui Generis Human Rights Law Organization: Situating the Roots of the Accession Question

  3. The Draft Accession Agreement of the EU Accession to the ECHR: An Examination of the Central Mechanisms in Light of EU Law Pecularities

  4. A Strasbourg Perspective on Applications of EU-Law Origin

  5. Approaching the Final ‘Station’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Fisnik Korenica
      Pages 427-438
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 439-471

About this book


This book examines the EU accession to the ECHR from a systemic perspective as well as from the specific perspective of the 2013 draft accession agreement negotiated between the relevant body of the Council of Europe and the EU Commission. It mainly follows a legal positivist approach to examining the nature and scope of obligations that will regulate the new relationship between EU law and European Convention on Human Rights law, concentrating specifically on the issue of jurisdictional interface between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts. The book offers an in-depth examination of the core mechanisms of the draft accession agreement, taking into account the remarks in Luxembourg's Opinion 2/13, focusing especially on the issue of attribution of responsibility when a violation of ECHR has been jointly committed by the EU and its Member States, the inter-party procedure and the prior involvement mechanism. The work basically argues that EU accession to the ECHR will have a constitutional impact on the EU legal order, and may also have certain implications for the jurisdictional interface between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts. It also questions the mode of interaction between some normative aspects of ECHR law and EU law, offering certain arguments as to the interaction between the Charter of Fundamental Rights and ECHR from overlapping and accommodative perspectives post-accession. The book concludes that with the EU accession to the ECHR – as it stands right now with the draft accession agreement – the macro relationship between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts will change significantly, while their constitutional roles will become vertically accommodated and better specialized.


Accession Charter of Fundamental Rights Council of Europe ECHR ECJ EU EU Commision (Opinion 2/13) European Convention on Human Rights Human rights International law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law and Criminology JURI DepartmentVrije Universiteit BrusselsBrusselsBelgium

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