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Attitudes and Dynamics Amongst the Judges

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Attitudes and values held by legal professionals are crucial elements of legal culture. This is especially true for judges because they make the actual decisions. This chapter explores how judges understand differences and commonalities at the European Court of Human Rights. It discusses the Court's legal culture, that is, the ideals and attitudes of the judges. The personal biographies of the judges tell us a lot about the diversity at the Court. The chapter looks at the biography of the Swedish, the Cypriot, the Belgian and the Russian judges, in order to illustrate the personalities inside the Court, and their similarities and difference in terms of background. The judges differ along three dimensions: (1) political background; (2) professional and personal experiences; and (3) legal traditions and legal education.

Keywords: Belgian judges; Cypriot judges; European Court of Human Rights; legal traditions; political background; professional experience; Russian judges; Swedish judges



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