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Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt reviews 'General Principles of the European Convention on Human Rights'

  • March 15, 2021

In her latest Jotwell post 'Practical and effective protection’ of human rights in the era of data-driven tech: Understanding European constitutional law', Hildebrandt reviews Janneke Gerards' book General Principles of the European Convention on Human Rights, a book that "offers a detailed account of why and how individual rights and freedoms matter, what difference they can make, and which complex balancing acts must be performed to ensure legal certainty as well as justice. [...] The clarity of explanation highlights the difficult dynamics between public and individual interests, between national and supranational jurisdictions and between the freedom of states to act in the general interest and the freedom from unlawful interference for individual citizens, acknowledging that such individual freedom is also a public good."