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What Price for Human Rights: Compensating Human Rights Violations seeks to understand how the European Court of Human Rights determines compensation in human rights claims.

This project is lead by Dr Veronika Fikfak (Senior Lecturer, Fellow in Law (Homerton College) and LCIL Fellow) and her two assistants: Donata Szabo and Sabrina Boudra.

The project uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyse the jurisprudence of the European Court in order to discern the legal principles from its practice. Building on Dr Fikfak’s previous work at the European Court of Human Rights and at the Law Commission for England and Wales, the aim is to critically assess the Court’s role in awarding compensation for human rights violations. The project therefore brings together academics (most notably Professor David Feldman, and Professor Mandeep Dhami of Middlesex University), practitioners and domestic and international judges. The project started in January 2016 and will run until February 2019.

The Future Research Leaders scheme is designed to enable outstanding early-career social scientists to become the future world leaders in their field. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. 

The initial results of the project were presented during an ESIL Lecture as well as at the NYU Junior Faculty Forum and at the Comparative Law and Economics Forum in Amsterdam. They will be published in a forthcoming article in the European Journal of International Law.