Russia’s Conservative Challenge to Human Rights in Europe
Quite a significant number of European lawyers and legal scholars nowadays believe in the objective binding force of human rights, in their universality. But these beliefs are far from being contested in socio-political reality. Human rights are very fragile flowers of the European legal development that might perish due to a change in the political climate. In no small degree, the conservative ideologies in Russia and elsewhere proliferate because of serendipity and idealism (“human rights’ naiveté”, as Eric Posner puts it) of human-rights scholars, activists and lawyers who are often unable to support their human-rights convictions by strong arguments capable to stand against the conservative critic.