Abstract and Keywords
The EU has often been criticized for its failure to take human rights seriously within its own borders. It has been suggested, however, that the new constitutional arrangements following the Treaty of Lisbon may have altered that position. By examining the past and current record and approach of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Commission, as two of the institutions connected to the development of human rights in the Union, the strength of commitment can be measured. There is good reason to suppose that such a review demonstrates the ambivalence, if not antipathy, towards human rights that exists at the centre of institutional practice.
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