Russian Yearbook on the European Convention on Human Rights N 1/2015
Russian Yearbook on the European Convention on Human Rights. № 1 (2015): European Convention: new «old» rights. Moscow: Statut, 2015. – 608 p.
The Russian Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights aims to enable the readers to be familiar with the professional comments and analysis of actual practice of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the most recent documents prepared by the Research Division of the Court on the basis of research carried out by it. Moreover, the Yearbook is supposed to highlight the main events and measures in the area of protection of human rights and to publish bibliographical reviews and criticism of published works in the said area of both theoretical and applied nature.
YEARBOOK’S TABLE OF CONTENTS
The subject of the first edition of the Russian Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights is “The European Convention: new “old” rights”. In order to explain such an unusual title of the Yearbook, the following should be mentioned.
The Convention on Human Rights not only vests inherent human rights and freedoms, but also, as distinct from other international agreements, establishes a real and operating mechanism for the protection of those rights – the European Court of Human Rights. By the way, the function of the European Court is not only limited to the protection of rights guaranteed by the Convention and Protocols thereto: because the Court gives the provisions of the Convention the evolutionary interpretation, the “new” rights appear in the case-law practice of the Court which require to be secured by the Member States of the Convention.
The first edition of the Russian Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights analyses not only the “new rights” and the phenomenon of the “new rights”, but also the rights which were originally provided for in the Convention and the scope of which essentially extended due to a dynamic interpretation of the Convention by the European Court (new “old” rights). Based on the meticulous study of the case-law practice of the European Court of Human Rights, the Russian and foreign legal experts determine the tendencies of further renewal of the scope of human rights, uncover the essence of concepts and notions stated by the Court.
Thus, the first edition of the Russian Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights implements the general idea to be followed in subsequent editions, which is to provide the readers with various analytical reviews of the most recent practice of the European Court of Human Rights concerning different articles of the Convention. The importance of the Yearbook as a source of the most recent information on the development of case-law practice of the Court was mentioned by the Chairman of the European Court of Human Rights Dean Spielmann in his welcome address, who pointed out that not all countries have a similar publication.
The Russian Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights addresses a wide readership interested in getting familiar with the modern approaches applied by the European Court in interpretation of provisions set out in the Convention and Protocols thereto and appeals both scientific community and practicing lawyers. The information on the Yearbook is available on the web-site: www.echr.in.
Anatoly Kovler was elected as chairman of editorial team of the Yearbook. The editorial team consists of Dmitry Dedov, Dmitry Matveev, Marina Rozhkova, Dmitry Afanasiev .