First Fundamental Rights Documents in Europe



Commemorating 800 Years of Magna Carta

With the spotlight on Magna Carta, which is 800 years old in 2015, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1789, which together are of undeniable importance for fundamental rights- thinking, the existence of similar fundamental rights documents in other European countries is often overlooked. Such fundamental rights documents did, however, exist in the precursors to the current European Union Member States. Some of the documents are ancient, even older than Magna Carta, and some are more recent, but all of them are texts that deserve to be brought out and analysed alongside Magna Carta and the French Declaration in order to better understand the evolution of fundamental rights thinking in Europe.

This volume paints a multi-faceted picture of historical fundamental rights documents in the European space by collating the experience of 24 European Union Member States at times in history when most of these states did not even exist. It is the first comprehensive and systematic evaluation of early fundamental rights thinking across Europe and it reveals surprising diversity. Spanning documents from the fifth century BC right through to the 19th century and early 20th century AD, this review opens up themes not normally found in historiographical analyses of fundamental rights.

Authors:

Markku Suksi, Dr., Professor of Public Law, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

 

Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, PhD (Political Science), Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

 

Jean-Paul Lehners, PhD (History), Professor emeritus, UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

 

Manfred Nowak, Dr, LL.M., Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna, Austria.

Publication Details:

November 2015 |  ISBN 978-1-78068-360-7  xiv + 360 pp. | paperback

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Authors and Contributors

Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, PhD (Political Science), Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

 

Florence Benoit Rohmer, PhD (Law), Professor of Law, University of Strasbourg; Secretary General of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, France.

 

Louis Berkvens, MA (History); PhD (Law), Endowed Professor of Legal History, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

 

Ivett Császár, PhD, Lecturer, International Coordinator, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary.

 

Wim Decock, BA, MA, LLB, PhD, Assistant Professor (BOF), Faculty of Law, University of Louvain, Belgium.

 

Paolo De Stefani, PhD (Law), Aggregate Professor of International Law, University of Padova, Italy.

 

Tomáš Gábriš, PhD., Associate Professor of Legal History, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

 

Felipe Gómez Isa, Dr., Professor of Public International Law, Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto (Bilbao), Spain.

 

Agata Hauser, Dr., Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

 

Jan Holzer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

 

Liana Andreea Ioniţă, Dr., Researcher and Teaching Assistant, University of Bucharest, Romania.

 

Zdzislaw Kedzia, Dr., Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

 

Artūrs Kučs, Dr., Professor of International Public Law, University of Latvia, Latvia. List of Authors xii Intersentia

 

Eva Maria Lassen, Mag.art., Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark.

 

Jean-Paul Lehners, PhD (History), Professor emeritus, UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

 

Koen Lemmens, Dr. (PhD), Associate Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium.

 

Marelle Leppik, MA iur., theol., PhD student, University of Tartu, Estonia.

 

Anna-Sara Lind, Dr.iur., Associate Professor of Public Law, Uppsala University, Sweden.

 

Balázs Majtényi, PhD, Associate Professor, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary.

 

Maria Daniella Marouda, PhD (International Law), Assistant Professor of International Law, Panteion University, Greece.

 

Helena Pereira de Melo, PhD (Law), Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Anja Mihr, PhD, Associate Professor, Utrecht University and Humboldt Viadrina Governance Platform, the Netherlands and Germany.

 

Vygantė Milašiūtė, Dr., Lecturer, Vilnius University, Lithuania.

 

Nikolay Natov, Dr., Professor of Private International Law, The St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

Manfred Nowak, Dr, LL.M., Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna, Austria.

 

Michael O’Flaherty, BCL, BPh, STB, MA, MPhil, FRSA, Solicitor, Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

 

Dawn Oliver, BA, PhD, LL.D., Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University College London, United Kingdom.

 

Mária Patakyová, JUDr., PhD, Professor of Civil Law, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

Stelios Perrakis, Dr. (International Law), Professor of International and European Institutions, Panteion University, Greece.

 

Teresa Pizarro Beleza, Dr., Professor of Criminal Law, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. List of Authors Intersentia xiii

 

Jānis Pleps, Dr.iur., Docent, University of Latvia, Latvia.

 

Hesi Siimets-Gross, Dr.iur., Associate Professor for Legal History and Roman law, University of Tartu, Estonia.

 

Hubert Smekal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

 

Markku Suksi, Dr., Professor of Public Law, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

 

Brendan Tobin, Dr., Research Fellow, Griffith University, Australia, and Adjunct Lecturer, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Marija Wakounig, Mag. Dr.MAS, University Professor, Institute of East European History of the University of Vienna, Austria.

 

Charlotte Wirth, BA (History), Luxembourg.

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