The Application of Article 103 of the United Nations Charter in the European Courts: The quest for regime compatibility on fundamental rights
Title: The Application of Article 103 of the United Nations Charter in the European Courts: The quest for regime compatibility on fundamental rights
Author: ISTREFI, Kushtrim
Citation: European Journal of Legal Studies, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 81-93
External link: http://www.ejls.eu/
This contribution identifies and examines three approaches of the European courts to application of certain United Nations Security Council (SC) resolutions that trigger concerns for violations of fundamental rights in their respective legal orders. This analysis argues that a balance between the United Nations (UN) superior norm and preservation of fundamental rights should be aimed outside the monist and dualist constraints of interpretation, where the courts either obey art 103 of the UN Charter trumping fundamental rights (subordination approach), or detach from the UN system in order to safeguard fundamental rights of their autonomous regimes (detachment approach). This submission suggests that further exploration of norms and techniques of treaty interpretation found in the Al-Jedda and Nada cases of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), coupled with constructive contribution of scholars provide tools allowing regime compatibility and harmonization that disturb neither coherence nor autonomy of the respective regimes (harmonization approach) in the world of legal plurality.
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