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Mikkola, Matti

Divided Europe—Divided human rights

During the Cold War, the human rights world was divided into two camps: the West advocated the primacy of civil and political rights (not respected by the East), while the East stressed social rights (about which the West had its misgivings). However, after the Cold War, states in Western Europe have been more committed to enforcing common social nominators and promoting more effective international supervision thereof. The European Social Charter was strengthened and the European Convention on Human Rights became more open to protect social rights. Yet while states within the European Legal Space are more committed to finding common European social denominators, this process is still laced with nationalist ideology—mirroring a reluctance of states to relinquish their autonomy in developing social policies—and does not (yet) have sufficient financial resources to adequately supervise the implementation of social rights.


Friday 30 Oct 16.15-18.15 Session 6
Panel: Law II/ Round table: Remnants of Cold War Policy Making over the Past Two Decades: Has There Been Peace Dividend?