Dr. Paulien de Morree
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Paulien de Morree is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Constitutional, Administrative Law and Legal Theory. As SIM Fellow she is also involved with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM). She studied Interdisciplinary Social Science (M.Sc) and Law (LL.M, cum laude) at Utrecht University. After her studies she contributed as a junior researcher to a research project on parliamentary immunity in several European legal orders funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and worked for the Meijers Committee, the Standing Committee of Experts on International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal Law. In October 2016 she defended her PhD on the prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


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Key publications

de Morree, P.E. (21.10.2016). Rights and wrongs under the ECHR - The prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (303 p.). School of Human Rights Research Series ; vol. 78.

All publications
de Morree, P.E. & Gilissen, H.K. 11.01.2018 Recipient Societal Impact Award 2017
de Morree, P.E. (2017). EHRM 27 juni 2017, Belkacem t. Belgiƫ (EHRC 2017/169).
de Morree, P.E. (2017). Gerecht 15 juni 2017, T-262/15, Kiselev t. Raad van de Europese Unie (EHRC 2017/154).
de Morree, P.E. (2016). EHRM 20 oktober 2015, M'Bala M'Bala t. Frankrijk (EHRC 2016/45).
de Morree, P.E. (21.10.2016). Rights and wrongs under the ECHR - The prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (303 p.). School of Human Rights Research Series ; vol. 78.
de Morree, P.E. (2015). EHRM 8 oktober 2015, Gahramanli en anderen t. Azerbeidjan (EHRC 2015/241).
de Morree, P.E. (09.10.2015). Guest Blog: Court Judgment on Electoral Irregularities in Azerbaijan.
de Morree, P.E. (2013). Het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens als hoeder van de democratie. In M. Duchateau & P. Kingma (Eds.), Regt spreken volgens de wet? Bijdragen over de staatsrechtelijk positie van de (Europese) rechter (pp. 51-72) (22 p.). Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers.
de Morree, Paulien (2012). De doorwerking van artikel 17 EVRM in de Nederlandse rechtsorde. In H.R.B.M. Kummeling (Eds.), De samengestelde Besselink. Bruggen bouwen tussen nationaal, Europees en internationaal recht (pp. 147-156) (10 p.). Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers.
de Morree, Paulien & te Pas, I. (2012). Het terugdringen van het democratisch tekort van de EU begint in Den Haag. Nederlands Juristenblad, 9, (pp. 590-593) (4 p.).
de Morree, Paulien, Aronstein, I., de Gans, T., de Grave, M., Janssen, H., Lawson, R., de Mol, M., Morijn, J., Pahladsingh, A., Rohof, G., Steenbruggen, W., van Veen, C., de Visser, M., Wijers, M., , & , (2012). The Netherlands. In J. Laffranque (Eds.), The Protection of Fundamental Rights Post-Lisbon - The Interaction between the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and National Constitutions (pp. 613-676) (64 p.). Tartu University Press.
de Morree, Paulien (2011). Handboek Mensenrechten (boekbespreking). Asiel en migrantenrecht, 2 (8), (pp. 384-386) (3 p.).
de Morree, P.E. (2011). Handboek Mensenrechten, de internationale bescherming van de rechten van de mens. Asiel en migrantenrecht, 8, (pp. 384-386) (3 p.).
de Morree, P.E. (2011). Kroniek Europees Recht, ontwikkelingen juni 2010 - maart 2011. Asiel en migrantenrecht, 3, (pp. 138-142) (5 p.).
de Morree, Paulien (2011). Mutual Trust in Migration Law: the Returns Directive and Mutual Recognition of Entry Bans. The Principle of Mutual Trust in European Asylum, Migration, and Criminal law - Reconciling Trust and Fundamental Rights (pp. 28-37) (10 p.). FORUM, Instituut voor multiculturele ontwikkeling.
de Morree, P.E. (2011). Signalering in het SIS: het individu op de laatste plaats?. Nederlands Juristenblad, 12, (pp. 743-745) (3 p.).
de Morree, Paulien (2010). Kroniek Europees recht. Asiel en migrantenrecht, 1 (5-6), (pp. 315-318) (4 p.).
de Morree, Paulien (2010). Parlementaire immuniteit in een Europese context. In R. Nehmelman, P.E. de Morree & S. Sotiaux (Eds.), Parlementaire immuniteit vanuit een Europese context bezien (pp. 25-48) (24 p.). Wolf Legal Publishers.
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The prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 ECHR

At the Institute for Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law, I am working on a PhD thesis on the prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Article 17 ECHR, also referred to as the abuse clause, prohibits abuse of the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Convention. The provision was included in the Convention in order to prevent groups and individuals whose aims run counter to democracy or the democratic values inherently protected under the ECHR from succesfully invoking the fundamental rights and freedoms it guarantees.

The abuse clause in Article 17 ECHR embodies one of the main principles of the Convention. At the same time, it is also one of the Convention’s most controversial provisions. The provision is phrased in rather ambiguous terms and it is unclear what exactly it aims to defend. In addition, there unmistakably exists an tension between human rights protection and the abuse clause. While human rights essentially aim to promote freedom by affirming the basic rights citizens enjoy vis-à-vis state authorities, the abuse clause aims to protect democracy and democratic values against groups and individuals invoking these rights with the aim of undermining the democratic organisation of the state.

The question when the use of a fundamental right turns into abuse is therefore an extremely complicated one, both for academics and for courts required to adjudicate on it. The uncertainties surrounding the provision have contributed to an obscure and inconsistent body of Strasbourg case law on this issue. For that reason there is a great need for further clarification of the prohibition of abuse of rights in Article 17 ECHR. In my PhD thesis I therefore aim to shed light on the background and the difficulties of the provision and contribute to the development of a more coherent interpretation.

This PhD research is supervised by Professor Henk Kummeling and Professor Remco Nehmelman.


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Paulien de Morree is or has been involved in the following courses:

 - Introduction to constitutional and administrative law (Dutch)

- Constitutional and administrative law I (constitutional law, Dutch)

- Constitutional and administrative law II (administrative law, Dutch)

- General issues of fundamental rights (Dutch)

- Fundamental rights in national and European perspective (English)

- Student parliament (Dutch)

- Coordination of the thesis trajectory for the master staats- en bestuursrecht.

Paulien de Morree is one of the lecturers of the MOOC about Human Rights and Open Societies. The next edition will start on 13 February 2017.

In 2014 Paulien de Morree obtained the University Teaching Qualification.

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Additional functions and activities
  • Co-founder and president of Stichting Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights, a Dutch non-profit organisation that supports human rights education and legal aid in Africa's Great Lakes Region: (www.siphr.nl Dutch only). 

Previous functions:

  • Chair of the PhD Council of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (between February 2013 and August 2014)
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