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This introductory chapter briefly addresses the birth of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the subsequent overall development. It also addresses some practicalities of the structure and basis of the study of the ECHR. The study falls in three parts covering proportionality, subsidiarity, and primarity. The author has made these general principles the object of the study based, inevitably, on my pre-understandings of the practical and theoretical need to engage these issues. The chapter briefly addresses certain methodological considerations of general importance to the study of the ECHR: international law, comparative law, and case-law.

Keywords: case-law; comparative law; European Court of Human Rights (ECHR); international law; primarity; Proportionality; subsidiarity



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