(Book Review) Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Can the European Court of Human Rights Shape European Public Order? (Cambridge University Press 2022).

Demir E.

NORDIC JOURNAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, vol.41, no.2, pp.249-251, 2023 (ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Book Review
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/18918131.2023.2184925
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-251
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


In Can the European Court of Human Rights Shape European Public Order?, Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou meticulously investigates the meaning of a term which has been wandering around in the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or the Court) for a long time: ‘European public order.’ The book asks two interrelated questions: (1) What does ‘European public order’ mean for the ECtHR? and (2) Does the ECtHR have any role in shaping ‘European public order’? Dzehtsiarou argues that ‘European public order’ is too vague to qualify as a legal concept and thus the ECtHR’s claims for shaping ‘European public order’ are illegitimate.