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Presentation of the book: The Last Judgment by Hervé Asquin
Presentation of the book: The Last Judgment by Hervé Asquin

Presentation of the book: The Last Judgment by Hervé Asquin

Calendar from 18/06/2024 to 18/07/2024

The Amicale of Council of Europe invites you to meet Hervé Asquin for the presentation of his book « Le Jugement dernier ». This meeting will be held on Tuesday June 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room D1 in D Building.

This will be an opportunity to discover behind the scenes of the ECHR through the author's analysis.

While the ECHR condemned Switzerland on April 9, the book examines the contemporary challenges facing the Court, including state climate inaction. Asquin also addresses criticisms coming from the far right and part of the Republican right, while emphasizing that the ECHR remains an essential recourse for more than 700 million Europeans. It explores the Court's landmark decisions on topics such as custody, wiretapping, surrogacy and end of life.

The author also examines the historical and political role of the ECHR as a bulwark against human rights abuses in 46 European states, from Iceland to Azerbaijan. It analyzes the impact of figures such as Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, highlighting the tensions between national sovereignty and human rights. This book traces the history of the Court since its founding, inspired by Winston Churchill, who dreamed of a judicial sketch of the United States of Europe at the end of the Second World War and at the dawn of the Cold War.


From 1994 to 2000, Hervé Asquin was correspondent for Agence France¬Presse in Germany, in Bonn then in Berlin, before becoming the Defense correspondent for AFP and covering François Hollande's five-year term at the Elysée. He subsequently headed the agency's Strasbourg office and then its economic and Planet departments.

Hervé Asquin is the author of The Longest War. The West in the Afghan trap (Calmann-Lévy, 2013) and the Élysée according to Hollande (L’Archipel, 2016).