'Liber Amicorum' European Court of Human Rights

We published many farewell books for the Presidents of the European Court of Human Rights and other national Judges. Below you will find a collection of the publications.

Freedom of Expression

Essays in Honour of Nicolas Bratza

J. Casadevall, E. Myjer, M. O’Boyle & A. Austin (eds)

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems. Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished. A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive. It is for this reason that the European Court of Human Rights attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and offend. Yet such freedom may clash with other rights such as the right to privacy, the right to a good reputation. It may even conflict with the need to protect public order or morals. Societies require pluralism if they are to grow yet democracy also seeks to limit extreme forms of speech that preach hate and advocate violence.
But are such restrictions on free speech legitimate and by what criteria are we to judge their necessity? We rely on journalists to report accurately the controversies of the day and protect their right not to reveal sources.
They also enjoy a broad right of fair comment. But we expect them to be responsible in their factual reporting, to check their sources and to have regard to the need to observe some degree of restraint when reporting or commenting on matters that affect the rights of others. But is it legitimate to interfere with reporting that is in the public interest and how can the law promote responsible journalism?
This collection of essays on freedom of expression contains contributions by distinguished judges and lawyers from many varied backgrounds that explore these themes with a critical eye. The book seeks to honour Sir Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights, for his outstanding contribution, as a jurist and leading judicial figure, to the protection of human
rights in Europe.

ISBN 9789058508683


Human Rights in a Global World
Essays in Honour of Judge Luis López Guerra

G. Raimondi, I. Motoc,
P. Pastor Vilanova &
C. Morte Gómez (eds)

The mandate of Luis López Guerra as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights is coming to an end. On the occasion of his departure, his colleagues and friends wish to pay tribute to the exceptional work he has accomplished during his ten-year tenure at the Court. In his duties, he distinguished himself in the dissemination of the fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Convention and he was acknowledged for his humanist approach to European litigation.
After completing prestigious studies in law and political science in Madrid and Michigan, he was lecturer in constitutional law and then judge to the
Spanish Constitutional Court, as well as Secretary of State for Justice. He was also an expert in numerous institutions, notably the Venice Commission, and Director of the Institute of Comparative Public Law in Madrid.
Elected as a judge of the Court in 2008, he was subsequently appointed by his peers as Vice-president and later President of the third Section of the Court. During his mandate, he participated in the spread of the Court in Europe and throughout the world through his work in the Court and his numerous conferences and articles, particularly on issues relating to justice and European integration.
This work compiles numerous original works dealing with various topical subjects, written by judges of the Court, international and national judges, academics and members of the registry of the Court. Through this Liber amicorum, they wish to show all their friendship and recognition.

ISBN 9789462404298 

The Right to Life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Twenty Years of Legal Development since McCann v. the United Kingdom - in Honour of Michael O’Boyle

L. Early, A. Austin, C. Overy & O. Chernishova (eds)

On 13 February 2015 a Seminar took place in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg entitled “The Right to Life: Twenty Years of Legal Developments since McCann v. the United Kingdom”.
The Seminar was to celebrate the work and achievements of the Court’s Deputy Registrar, Michael O’Boyle, on the occasion of his retirement. This volume contains the submissions made during and after the Seminar, and the order of inclusion of the submissions is based on the three working sessions of the Seminar.
ISBN 9789462403604 

Mélanges en l’honneur de/Essays in honour of Dean Spielmann

Liber Amicorum Dean Spielmann

J. Casadevall & G. Raimondi (eds)


This Liber Amicorum to Dean Spielmann contains contributions of more than 70 highly esteemed human rights lawyers. The contributions in the book mostly consider developments on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The book is to honour the work of Dean Spielmann as lawyer, judge and later as president of the European Court of Human Rights.
After graduating from the prestigious universities of Louvain and Cambridge, Dean Spielmann took up the practice of the law, at which he excelled, until his election as a judge of the Court in 2004. He was elected President of a Section in 2011 and Vice-President in 2012, becoming the President of the Court later that same year.
During his term of office, he has developed relations with both supreme courts and other international courts and contributed to the Strasbourg Court’s high standing in the world, far beyond the continent of Europe. A man of dialogue, he has been from the outset an ardent advocate of Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which he has dubbed the “Protocol of dialogue”.
This book brings together contributions from judges and former judges, at national and international level, from academics and from officials of the Court’s Registry, who wished to show their admiration and friendship for him.
ISBN 9789462403642 

Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: A Decade of Change
Essays in Honour of Anatoly Kovler

O. Chernishova & M. Lobov (eds)

The last decade has seen a striking rise in Russian cases before the European Court of Human Rights. The influence of its case-law can be seen in all areas of Russian life, becoming a reality on
the ground, a genuine impulse for change. Russia, the Court’s biggest “client”, has also played its part in the major development of the Convention system.
Judge Anatoly Kovler has left his mark on this important period for the Convention and for Russia. Beyond his judicial achievements, which are illustrated by hundreds of judgments,
he has become a key figure in the dialogue between the Court and the national authorities, thus acting as a bridge between two different environments. These theoretical and practical essays
are published in his honour by his colleagues and friends. The Russian perspective is presented notably by Valery Zorkin, President of the Constitutional Court, and Tatiana Neshatayeva, former Judge at the Supreme Commercial Court. The decade of change from the Court’s viewpoint is highlighted by, among others, its President Dean Spielmann, former Section President
Nina Vajic, Deputy Registrar Michael O’Boyle, and former Registrar and Jurisconsult Michele de Salvia. A personal testimonial by the former President of the Court, Jean-Paul Costa, enriches this book along with Professor Frédéric Sudre’s insight into Judge Kovler’s separate opinions.

ISBN 9789462400658 

Regards croisés sur la protection nationale et internationale
des droits de l’homme / Intersecting Views on National and
International Human Rights Protection

Liber Amicorum Guido Raimondi

Edités par / edited by Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Iulia Antoanella Motoc, Robert Spano & Roberto Chenal

Guido Raimondi’s mandate as President of the European Court of Human Rights is coming to an end. In view of his departure, his colleagues, judges at the Court, judges in
national and international jurisdictions, as well as his Colleagues at the International Labour Organisation and his numerous friends, wish to pay tribute to Guido Raimondi’s, the wealth of his professional accomplishments, which culminated with his Presidency of the Court, as well as his exceptional contribution to the latter institution.
The wide range of topics characterising the present work reflects the diversity characterising Guido Raimondi’s interests, which include not only civil and political rights, but
economic and social rights as well, particularly in the sphere of labour law. The different forms of judicial dialogue addressed in the present work further reflect one of President Raimondi’s key contributions.
It is against this backdrop that the contributions seek to honour an exceptional personality who has left his mark on the European Court of Human Rights.

ISBN: 978-94-6240-517-2 (hardcover/hardback)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-518-9 (softcover/paperback)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-519-6 (.epub)
ISBN: 978-94-6240-529-5 (PDF)