Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes Law staff lead research on the EU and European Convention on Human Rights

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Oxford Brookes Reader in Law, Dottoressa Sonia Morano-Foadi is leading a socio-legal research study to evaluate the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on fundamental rights within the EU. Dr Stelios Andreadakis Senior Lecturer in Law in Oxford Brookes University is also working on this project as co-researcher. The study is entitled ‘Reflections on the Architecture of the European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon: The European Approach to Fundamental Rights’ and has been funded by the British Academy under the Small Research Grants scheme. At the core of the project is the relationship between the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the future incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the EU legal order. The project is a follow up of a previous research project led by both Dottoressa Morano-Foadi and Dr Andreadakis, which was funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Oxford Brookes University in 2009/2010. This project involved the ECJ’s judges and Advocate Generals and 19 interviews were carried out in Luxembourg in December 2010. In June, interviews with judges of the European Court of Human Rights and EU policy makers will take place. All the forty-seven judges of the Strasbourg Court have been invited to take part in the study, as well as those EU officials and policy makers, who are directly involved in the negotiation of the EU accession Treaty. The understanding of the Strasbourg judges will provide an extremely valuable external perspective on the EU dimension after Lisbon. A cross-analysis of these views with those elaborated by the ECJ judges and EU officials will provide a clear picture of the accession process and its legal implications.