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European Court of Human Rights and its policy interlocutors: Reality vs expectations

Picture of Angelika Nussberger.
Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


There are many different expectations regarding the work of international human rights judges. On the one hand, their work is seen as a precondition for the effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. They are therefore expected to deliver judgments in all cases brought before the Court within a short period of time and to give well reasoned answers to all questions, even small and repetitive ones.  On the other hand, many hope that the judges will develop further the basic standards agreed by States in the late 1940s and early 1950s and provide answers to the new challenges of modern life. With tens of thousands of cases filed each year, these different expectations are difficult to meet. Against this background, it is necessary to set priorities. The Policy Talk will discuss the setting of priorities in the work of the Strasbourg Court and its dialogue with States and civil society.


About the Speaker

CEU’s Departments of Legal Studies and Public Policy will host CEU’s next Distinguished Visiting Professor, Angelika Nussberger, during the winter term from February 5-21, 2024. CEU Distinguished Visiting Professors are leading academics in their disciplines who teach CEU students, deliver public lectures and collaborate with resident faculty at the university.  


Nussberger specializes in the protection of fundamental rights, comparative constitutional law, and the influence of international law on legal development in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2010, she was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2017, she became Vice President of this Court, the first German to hold this position. After returning to the University of Cologne in 2020, she became the founding director of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection there. Since 2020, she has also been a Judge of the Constitutional Court in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Germany’s representative at the ‘Venice Commission’ (European Commission for Democracy through Law), whose Vice President she became in 2022.