The sustainability of democracy. A case study on the impact of ECtHR’s decisions in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is the most condemned by the European Court of Strasbourg for the violation of the right to vote. The country faces significant challenges with respect to the exercise of fundamental freedoms pointing to systematic harassment and criminal prosecution of those who express critical views of the government, and voter intimidation and pressure. The political environment has been marked by the dominance of public and political life of one party, New Azerbaijan Party (YAP), and by the marginalization of political alternatives.
The proposed paper is divided in two parts: in the first part, it will analyse the contribution of the European Court jurisprudence in the implementation of the basic democratic rules in order to help Azerbaijan in the democratic process. In the second part, it will consider the measures adopted at the domestic level, pointing out, eventually, the major points of frictions.