Like many constitutional courts around the world, the European Court of Human Rights has occasionally engaged in scrutiny of the legislative aims pursued by national laws interfering with proclaimed rights – scrutiny which may be interpreted in terms of the liberal ideal of public reason. However, the Court has eschewed its authority to conduct this inquiry. First, the Court has almost always been willing to accept governments’ recitals of “legitimate goals” at face value, even if those declarations are clearly disingenuous. Second, it has applied the “necessity” requirement in a way that often makes it difficult to discern true legislative aims. Third, there is the puzzling case of “protection of morals” as a legitimate ground for the restriction of rights, which has been interpreted by the Court occasionally in a way incompatible with the ideal of public reason.
Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 6-9, 2021. It will be held in a completely novel way as a fully online Conference: ICON•S Mundo.
The Call for Papers for ICON•S Mundo is now closed. Successful applicants have been notified. You can access the preliminary program via the ICON•S HUB.
All panelists had register until June 10, 2021.
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