9781849464062 (hardback) 1849464065 (hardback)
"In its case law on the use of lethal force the European Court of Human Rights declares a fundamental connection between the right to life in Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and democratic society. This book discusses how that connection can be understood by using narrative theory to explore Article 2 law and its deeper historical, social and political significance. Focusing on lethal (and potentially lethal) force in the domestic policing and law enforcement context, the book draws on an extensive analysis of case law from 1995 to 2017. It shows how the connection with democratic society in Article 2's substantive and procedural dimensions underlines the right to life's problematic duality, as an expression of a basic value demanding a high level of protection and a contextually limited provision allowing states leeway in the use of force. Emphasising the need to identify clear standards in the interpretation and application of the right to life, the book argues that Article 2 law's narrative dimensions bring to light its core purposes and values. These are its role in making meaning from pain and death, grounding democratic society's foundational distinction between force and violence, and indicating democratic society's essential attributes as a restrained, responsible and reflective system"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-187) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : from death to democracy Narrative and human rights law Lethal force, the right to life and democratic society : key connections Substantive dimensions of the right to life and democratic society Procedural dimensions of the right to life and democratic society Purposes and values in right to life case law on lethal force Narratives of death and democracy.
KJC5977 .S55 2019
Available in Other Form
Online version: Skinner, Stephen (Law teacher), author. Lethal force, the right to life and the ECHR Oxford, UK ; Chicago, Illinois : Hart Publishing, 2019