European Populism and Human Rights

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Released earlier in 2020 by Brill | Nijhoff (read more), this volume edited by Jure Vidmar* focuses on the recent challenge posed by right-wing populism to democratic consolidation in Europe.

It is a terrific resource for anyone interested in the matters which are germane to our research project, or the question of contemporary populism more generally.

The book particularly explores the legal dimensions of this challenge – the aim being to examine the consequences of the present populist challenge in Europe that has been marked with excessively nationalist policies in some states party to the European Convention on Human Rights. This is explored how the Convention rights have been undermined, but also what the limitations are of the ECHR acting as a safety-net for democratic consolidation in Europe.

Part One attempts to define political populism and explains why it poses a challenge to democratic political order in Europe. Part Two examines the theoretical underpinnings of the populist challenge to human rights and democracy in Europe. Part Three applies this theory to concrete examples and considers case studies including an old EU Member State, two newer EU Member States and a non-EU Member State party to the ECHR.

*Jure Vidmar is Chair of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. He is also a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and serves as Judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights.