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(p. 64) 4. Interpreting the Convention 

(p. 64) 4. Interpreting the Convention
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(p. 64) 4. Interpreting the Convention
Author(s):

Bernadette Rainey

, Elizabeth Wicks

, and Andclare Ovey

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198767749.003.0004
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date: 19 September 2019

This chapter analyses the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It explains that there are key themes which have dominated the interpretation of the Convention: the purposive and the evolutive interpretations. The chapter describes the approach of the Strasbourg Court to the interpretation of the ECHR and evaluates the influence of the Vienna Convention. It suggests that the interpretation of the Convention builds on the rules of public international law on the interpretation of treaties and has remained broadly consistent with those principles, and that the role of the Strasbourg Court is casuistic.

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