Persuasion and Legal Reasoning in the ECtHR Rulings: Balancing Impossible Demands

The Routledge Publishing House has published another monograph resulting of the implementation of the Excellence in Legal Research project. Promoting Polish achievements in the area of legal sciences abroad, financed by the Ministry of Education and Science in the DIALOG programme. Book by Dr hab. Aleksandra Mężykowska and Prof. Dr hab. Anna Młynarskia-Sobaczewska pt. „Persuasion and Legal Reasoning in the ECtHR Rulings: Balancing Impossible Demands” is available under the CC-BY license.

This book analyses the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) from the point of view of argumentative tools used by the Court to persuade the audience – States, applicants and public opinion – of the correctness of its rulings. The ECtHR judgments selected by the authors concern justification of some of the most difficult issues. These are matters related to human life, human dignity and the right to self-determination in matters concerning one’s private life. The authors looked for paths and repetitive patterns of argumentation and divided them into three categories of argumentative tools: authority, deontological and teleological. The work tracks how ECtHR judges aim to find a consensual, universal and, at the same time, pragmatic and axiologically neutral narrative on the collisions of rights and interests in the areas under discussion. It analyses whether the voice of the ECtHR carries the overtones of an ethical statement and, if so, to which arguments it appeals.

The book will be of interest to academics and researchers working in the areas of jurisprudence, human rights law, and law and language.

Publisher: Routledge
Autors: Aleksandra Mężykowska, Anna Młynarska-Sobaczewska
Year: 2023
ISBN: 9781003375999
DOI: 10.4324/9781003375999
Pages: 230

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