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Measuring Violations of Human Rights: an Empirical Analysis of Awards in Respect of Non-Pecuniary Damage under the European Convention on Human Rights

Altwicker-Hámori, Szilvia and Altwicker, Tilmann and Peters, Anne. (2016) Measuring Violations of Human Rights: an Empirical Analysis of Awards in Respect of Non-Pecuniary Damage under the European Convention on Human Rights. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, 76. pp. 1-51.

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Abstract

This is the first study to examine the awards made by the European Court of Human Rights in respect of non-pecuniary damage from an empirical perspective. It uses a multiple regression analysis based on data (929 cases) drawn from the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Documentation (HUDOC) database. By legal analysis we identified three elements of the “equity principle” used by the Court for the calculation of awards made in respect of non-pecuniary damage (seriousness of the violation, applicant- and overall context-related factors), which we used in our regression analysis. Our empirical results show that there is a statistically significant association between the amount awarded in respect of non-pecuniary damage and the intensity of the violation, the existence of a separate opinion, the respondent state and the fact of whether the applicant is a legal or a natural person. Our study therefore contradicts the view voiced in the literature that awards made in respect of non-pecuniary damage under the ECHR are “unpredictable” and “inconsistent”.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht
02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht > Ordinariat öffentliches Recht, insb. Europarecht (Breitenmoser)
UniBasel Contributors:Altwicker, Tilmann
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:C.H. Beck
ISSN:0044-2348
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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