On Replacement pp 137-146 | Cite as

The ethos of replaceability in European human rights law

  • Sarah Trotter


This chapter examines the idea of ‘the individual’ that underpins European human rights law. It argues that this idea is comprised of two doctrines: presence and presentation. Presence is about the specificity of the individual, cast in terms of the unique sense of place and identity of an individual. Presentation is about the replaceability of this individual, and it is based on a representation of the individual through the terms of an alienable role or status. While these doctrines belong to the same idea of ‘the individual’, they are at odds with one another, to the point that their mediation instigates a crisis in the individual, whereupon it is revealed that the representation of ‘the individual’ is, in fact, a representation of replacement.


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  • Sarah Trotter
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  1. 1.LSE, University of LondonLondonUK

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