This article is an expanded and footnoted version of the lectur given at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on Tuesday 21 March 2006, entitled ‘International Law in the European Court of Human Rights’.
The article begins with some comparative comments on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in monistic and dualistic systems It then discusses in detail the European Court's case law which confirms that the Convention, despite its special character as a human rights treaty, is indeed part of public international law. It concludes that the Convention and international law find themselves in a kind of interactive mutual relationship. checking and buildine on each other.
* Dr iur, LLM, JSD (Yale), Dreshc, LLDhc, Professor (Basel), Past President of the European Court of Human Rights. The text is based on a lecture given at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on 21 March 2006. It has been slightly expanded and footnoted.