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Russia and the European Human Rights System

Professor Jeffrey Kahn will analyze a new law expanding the Russian court's jurisdiction to review judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights.

Date & Time

Oct. 7, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Almost twenty years after Russia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights, the Chairman of its Constitutional Court expressed resentment of the “subordination” of Russian sovereignty. In response, a new law expanded the Russian court’s jurisdiction to review judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Jeffrey Kahn analyzed this new law and its application framed within the larger context of Russia’s experience of this human rights treaty. He argued that while it stands on weak ground, the law raises deeper theoretical and practical questions for the Convention and offers a possible challenge to the final interpretive authority of the European Court.


Jeffrey Kahn

Jeffrey Kahn

Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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