The ECtHR and its Publics
As a regional court that speaks in the language of human rights, the ECtHR has a complex relationship with its “publics“ in the member states. This panel aims to examine this relationship from various perspectives. Jens Theilen examines the different ways in which the ECtHR refers back to its publics in the justification of its judgments, particularly its references to European consensus. Silvia Steininger argues that ECtHR’s communication practices are an essential instrument for international courts to create loyalty in times of backlash. Shai Dothan and Dmitry Kurnosov explore the ECtHR‘s scrutiny of violations of what is considered the clearest manifestation of public opinion in democracy: election results. Or Bassok examines the role of the European public in defending the ECHR as it was envisioned by the founders of the ECtHR and the role it currently plays in the ECtHR‘s judgments.