Protecting Individuals from Minorities and Vulnerable Groups in the European Court of Human Rights: Litigation and Jurisprudence in France

Article by Emmanuelle Bribosia (2010)

BRIBOSIA, E., RORIVE, I., et ÚBEDA DE TORRES, A., “Chapter four – Protecting Individuals from Minorities and Vulnerable Groups in the European Court of Human Rights: Litigation and Jurisprudence in France”, in the The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of Marginalised Individuals and Minorities in National Context (ed. Anagnostou, D., et Psychogiopouou, E.), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2010, pp. 69-90.

This volume explores the role of the ECtHR in protecting marginalised individuals and minorities. What factors and conditions have led growing numbers of such individuals and minorities to pursue their rights and freedoms in front of the ECtHR and how has the latter responded to these? Does the Convention and the jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court enhance the protection of vulnerable groups at the national level and expand their rights? Or do they mainly tend to fill in relatively minor gaps or occasional lapses in national rights guarantees? Comprising a set of eight country-based case studies, this volume examines litigation on behalf of marginalised individuals and minorities, and the relevant ECtHR jurisprudence across the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Turkey and the UK.