Leicester academics’ work on the European Convention on Human Rights published widely in Russia

The Russian version of a leading text, 'The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights', was launched at the European Court of Human Rights on 27 January 2017.

The English version of the book, Harris, O’Boyle, Warbrick, Bates and Buckley, The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, is co-authored by Dr Ed Bates of Leicester and includes a major chapter authored by Prof Peter Cumper, also of Leicester.

In a foreword to the book the President of the Strasbourg Court, commented on the significance of a Russian translation of it:

‘At Strasbourg, judges regularly make reference to Harris, O’Boyle and Warbrick (et al) in their separate opinions on cases decided by the Court. The same is true of other judges in other courts where English is spoken (or at least understood). With this translation, the great practical value and utility of this book will increase even more. I welcome the prospect of Russian judges and jurists being able to use this magisterial work of reference in the course of their professional activities.

Through greater knowledge and understanding of the Convention case-law, the national courts in the Russian Federation - and other systems in which Russian is understood – will be better able to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. This is their central, vital role in the Convention system, which places the primary responsibility for upholding human rights at the national level. This concept of subsidiarity, as simple as it is essential, ensures the effectiveness, viability and stability of the Convention system. This book contributes to that in a very concrete way, and I commend the publishers for rising to the challenge of making its contents accessible to Russian-speakers’.

The translation of this book and its free distribution among Russian judges and civil servants is supported by the Council of Europe’s cooperation programmes in the Russian Federation, and by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The book launch of the Russian text was in the presence of Guido Raimondi (President of the European Court of Human Rights), Philippe Boillat (Council of Europe Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law), Ivan Soltanovsky (Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe) and former Deputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, Michael O’Boyle (who is pictured with a copy of the book).

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