Published: 17 Dec 2015 | By Professor Philip Leach

Thawing the frozen conflict


This article was first published on the European Journal of International Law Talk! blog on 6 July 2015.

Last September, Erik Fribergh, the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, told Government representatives on the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) that “the Court is…not equipped to deal with large scale abuses of human rights. It cannot settle war-like conflicts between States.” Yet, as Fribergh noted, the Court is increasingly being called on to adjudicate on such situations. Through the two Grand Chamber judgments delivered on 16 June (Sargsyan v Azerbaijan and Chiragov v Armenia) has the European Court entered into the terrain of international conflict resolution?

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