Abortion and euthanasia in the light of any relevant rules of international law : interpretation challenges for the European Court of Human Rights
Villalibre Fernandez, Vanessa
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This study will try to shed light on the use of international sources by the European Court of Human Rights and its influence on the interpretation of the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. During the last years, the Court frequently applies any relevant rules of international law applicable in the relations between the parties. In particular, its jurisprudence refers constantly to human rights treaties and European standards to establish the suitability of the Convention. However, this tendency is still limited concerning controversial notions. In this sense, two issues will be examined in order to illustrate the interpretation challenges for the Court in this field: voluntary abortion and euthanasia. From a thorough jurisprudential analysis, supported with doctrinal and legal references, it can be observed in the recent years the increase in the application of international instruments by the Court. This trend may entail a deep change in its interpretation methods as far as any relevant rules of international law are susceptible to be taken into account in order to clarify the rights under discussion.