The European Court of Human Rights relies on the concept of vulnerability to provide special protection to certain persons and groups under various provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, including the prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in its Article 3. This presentation will interrogate the premise that vulnerability-based reasoning not only provokes a shift in perspective when it comes to coercive obligations, emphasizing the rights of victims, but that it creates a certain minimum content of protection that must be provided under domestic law. It will explore the Court’s use of vulnerability in formulating coercive obligations, along with whether the result of this process can be considered synonymous with a victim-oriented perspective, and evaluate how this affects States’ discretion with respect to the decision to enact and apply domestic criminal-law provisions in particular contexts.
Our 2020 Annual Conference was scheduled to be held at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July 9-11, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
Procedural details regarding the organization of the 2021 Conference will follow in the months ahead.Join ICON•S