The Strasbourg Observers Blog is based at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University and at the Centre for Government and Law of Hasselt University in Belgium. The Blog aims to bring new judgments of the European Court of Human Rights under the attention of interested scholars, practitioners and students. To that end, bloggers offer critical analyses of the legal reasoning of the ECtHR by way of short commentaries. The Blog also aims to assess recent legal, political and social developments in Europe through the lens of the Court’s case law.
The Strasbourg Observers Blog was founded in April 2010 by Professor Eva Brems and six Ph.D. researchers (Alexandra Timmer, Laurens Lavrysen, Lourdes Peroni, Maris Burbergs, Saïla Ouald Chaib and Stijn Smet) working under her supervision at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. The Blog originated within the framework of the European Research Council-funded project “Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability through Better Legal Reasoning”. The project’s main objective was to study the European Court of Human Rights’ case-law with the aim of proposing innovative solutions to strengthen the consistency and persuasiveness of the Court’s legal reasoning so as to improve its accountability and transparency.
Since its creation in April 2010, the Blog has attracted a growing number of contributors from accross Europe and beyond. Scholars from all ranks of academia, as well as practitioners and civil society activists have actively contributed to the blog’s success, making it a forum for continuous critical exchange on recent developments at the European Court of Human Rights.
Since 2021, the Strasbourg Observers blog is jointly managed by two Belgium-based research groups: the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University and the Centre for Government and Law at Hasselt University.
We welcome submissions and proposals for blogposts on a rolling basis (see “Contact“).