Ed Bates

Ed Bates photoAssociate Professor 
Email: ed.bates@le.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2333

Personal details

LLB, LLM, PhD, PCAP, Solicitor (non-practising)

I joined the Law School from the University of Southampton in 2014.

I am the co-author of a leading textbook on the law of the ECHR. My book on the Evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights was shortlisted for the SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (2011) and was noted as "an exercise in scholarship of the highest order, and anyone who is interested in the Convention, and the Court, or human rights more generally, should read it." (2013) 50(2) 'Common Market Law Review' 649.

Ed runs the blog UKStrasbourgspotlight He can be found on twitter @ed_epb3

Research

My current research interests lie with the work of the European Court of Human Rights.

In particular, I am interested in analysing:

  • the appropriate role and function of the Court, and the future evolution of the Convention system
  • the position occupied by Convention rights in UK law, and the controversies generated by that

Publications

 

  • Ed Bates, ‘Activism and self-restraint: the margin of appreciation’s Strasbourg career… its ‘coming of age’?’, in Symposium in Honour of Judge Paul Mahoney 36 (2016) No. 7-12 Human Rights Law Journal (forthcoming).
  • Ed Bates, ‘Democratic override (or rejection) and the authority of the Strasbourg Court: the UK Parliament and prisoner voting’, in Saul, M. & Follesdal, A. & Ulfstein, G.. The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments: Europe and Beyond. (Cambridge University Press 2017, forthcoming)
  • Ed Bates, ‘Lessons From the Past? The Principle of Consensus in the legitimacy-building era of the European Court of Human Rights’ in Kapotas, P and Tzevelekos, V (eds) Building Consensus on European Consensus (Cambridge University Press, 2018) forthcoming.
  • K Dzehtsiarou, T Lock, P Johnson, F De Londras, A Greene and E Bates, The Legal Implications of a Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Right, 12 May 2015 Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605487.
  • E Bates, 'The UK and Strasbourg: A Strained Relationship - The Long View' in K S Ziegler, E Wicks and L Hodson (eds), The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?, (Hart, 2015) (draft version available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2568713)
  • co-author of D Harris, M O’Boyle, C Warbrick, E Bates and  C Buckley, ‘Harris, O’Boyle and Warbrick: The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights’, (Oxford University Press, 2014 – 3rd ed.))
  • Ed Bates, The Evolution of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2010, Oxford University Press,– 550 pages approx. with a foreword by Professor A W B Simpson
  • co-author of D Harris, M O’Boyle, C Warbrick, E Bates and  C Buckley, ‘Harris, O’Boyle and Warbrick: The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights’, (Oxford University Press, 2009 – 2nd ed.))
  • E Bates, ‘Analysing the Prisoner Voting Saga and the British Challenge to Strasbourg’ 14(3) (2014) Human Rights Law Review 504-540
  • E Bates, ‘History [of Human Rights]’ chapter 1 in D Moeckli, S Shah, and S Sivakumaran (eds), International Human Rights Law, (2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • E Bates, ‘British sovereignty and the European Court of Human Rights’, (128) (2012) Law Quarterly Review, 382-411.
  • E Bates, ‘The birth of the European Convention on Human Rights’, in, J Christoffersen and M Madsen (eds.) The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 17-42).
  • E Bates, ‘History [of Human Rights]’ chapter 1 in D Moeckli, S Shah, and S Sivakumaran (eds), International Human Rights Law, (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • E Bates, ‘Anti-terrorism control orders: liberty and security still in the balance’, 29 Legal Studies (2009) 99-126
  • E Bates, ‘Avoiding Legal Obligations created by Human Rights treaties’, 57 International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Oct 2008, 1-38

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