Volume 48 (2011)

Volume 48 (2011) / Issue 4

T. Lock, 'Walking on a tightrope: The draft ECHR accession agreement and the autonomy of the EU legal order' (2011) 48 Common Market Law Review, Issue 4, pp. 1025–1054


This contribution measures the first draft agreement on the accession of the EU to the ECHR by the strict requirements of the autonomy of the EU legal order. It concludes that the review of EU action by the ECtHR would be compatible with the autonomy. However, the procedure before the ECtHR provided for in the draft agreement raises serious problems. Both the co-respondent mechanism and the prior involvement of the ECJ are well-intended suggested solutions, but may not pass the hurdles erected by the ECJ in its case law on the autonomy.

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