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European human rights law as a multi-layered human rights regime: preserving diversity and promoting human rights: Marton Varju
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When discussing the significance of European human rights law in the global or regional context a definition which appropriately describes what Europe stands for in the human rights discourse may be difficult to provide. To the advantage, or possibly to the detriment of individuals, there are competing claims by human rights regimes of which regime holds authority in this European medley of human rights orderings. Individuals, based on their degree of mobility, are offered multiple, often alternative, avenues to contest government action and claim protection for their fundamental rights and freedoms, which governments, and regulators and administrators in other arenas of governance must not leave out of account. It is no longer the State that issues the passport or the identity card to individuals who is in full charge of protecting their rights in the European setting.