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Legislating for the vulnerable? Special duties under the European Convention on Human Rights

ContributorsZimmermann, Nesa
Published inSwiss Review of International and European Law, vol. 25, no. 4, p. 539-562
Publication date2015
Abstract

The last fifteen years have been characterised by an increased willingness of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to take into account the specific needs of individuals in situations of particular vulnerability. Even though it is still emerging and surrounded by uncertainties, the ECtHR's “vulnerability reasoning” has already had a considerable impact on the long-standing concept of positive obligations. Focusing on the particular aspect of legislative duties, the present contribution critically examines this recent evolution in the Court's case law. It sheds light on the role that vulnerability considerations have played in recent years in the development of special legislative duties, and, in some cases, in the Court's increasing involvement in the implementation of its own judgments.

Keywords
  • Cour européenne des droits de l'homme
  • Convention européenne des droits de l'homme
  • Vulnérabilité
  • Vulnérable
  • Droits humains
  • Droits de l'homme
  • Obligations positives
  • Obligations législatives
Citation (ISO format)
ZIMMERMANN, Nesa. Legislating for the vulnerable? Special duties under the European Convention on Human Rights. In: Swiss Review of International and European Law, 2015, vol. 25, n° 4, p. 539–562.
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ISSN of the journal1019-0406
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