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Russia and the European Human Rights System

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

    Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University