Published: 1 Jun 2007 | By Kirill Koroteev

The interpretation of Constitutional Rights in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights


The European Convention on Human Rights does not oblige its contracting parties to make it part of their legal systems, and thus does not provide for a specific place for itself in the hierarchy of domestic norms. As the method in which each state party to the Convention has incorporated it into their legal system has differed, the status of the Convention in domestic law varies from state to state, which accordingly influences its interpretation by the national courts.

In this article, Kirill Koroteev considers the situation of the Convention within the domestic legal systems of a number of contracting parties, concluding that the UK Human Rights Act 1998 may hold relevance outside the British Isles. To read the full article, click on the link below.