“No person shall be denied the right to education” The influence of the European Convention on Human Rights on the Right to education and Rights in education: 1950-2004


Table of Contents:

1. Preface: about the European association for Education Law and Policy
2. Foreword

Part I: Introductory

  1. The right to education
  2. Summary of the key education cases before the ECtHR
  3. Overview of the key education cases before the ECtHR
  4. Tables of ratification of the ECHR and Protocols
  5. List of Reservations and Declarations made with Respect to Article 2 of the Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
Part II: The impact of the ECHR on the Right to Education and Rights in education within the signatories
  1. Albania: N. Mita & A. Anastasi 
  2. Andorra: P. Pastor Villanova 
  3. Austria: W. Berka 
  4. Belgium (Flemish Community): G. Lauwers & J. De Groof
  5. Bulgaria: L. Yosifov
  6. Czech Republic: P. Katzova  
  7. Denmark: O. Kyed, C. Ringsmose, K. Baltzer 
  8. Estonia: J. Ginter & J. Ginter
  9. Finland: P. Gynther 
  10. France: A. Legrand 
  11. Germany: H. Avenarius, H-P. Fuessel & I. Richter
  12. Hungary: L. Farkas
  13. Iceland: O. Arnardottir 
  14. Italy: C. Piciocchi  
  15. Latvia: S. Novicka
  16. Lithuania: S. Vidrinskaite 
  17. Netherlands: P. Zoontjens, B. Vermeulen & D. Mentink 
  18. Norway: S. Klingstedt  
  19. Poland: M. Kwiek 
  20. Portugal: A. Barbas-Homem 
  21. Romania: M. Ionescu & C. Balasoiu 
  22. Russian Federation: I. Rozjkov, V. Spasskaja & G. Lauwers  
  23. Slovakia: J. Vantuch
  24. Slovenia: Z. Kodelja 
  25. Spain: A. Embid Irugo   
  26. Sweden: S. Gustafsson 
  27. Turkey: B. Aydagul  
  28. UK – Great Britain: N. Harris
  29. UK - Northern Ireland: L. Lundy  
  30. Ukraine: G. Kasianov 

Concluding Remarks


- Selection of main educational provisions in European and international law
- Convention against discrimination in education
- Protocol no. 12 to the convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Resolution 2001/29 from the commission on human rights on the right to education
- International consultative conference on school education in relation with freedom of religion and belief, tolerance and non-discrimination
- Constitutional provisions of the member states

The contributing authors
Finding the Right Balance (3 volumes)
by Charles Glenn and Jan De Groof
International Journal of Education Law and Policy (Volume 7) including Yearbook 2004, Cultural and Educational Rights in the Enlarged Europe (277 p.)

the right to education in non-signatories of the ECHR

1 AUSTRALIA, Jim Jackson, Implementation of the Right to education in Australia
2 BELARUS, L.Rychkova and A.Surmach, Educational rights in the Republic of Belarus
3 INDIA, Saroj Pandey, Education as a fundamental right : promises and challenges
4 MALAYSIA, Tie Fat Hee, The Right to Education in Malaysia
5 NEW ZEALAND, Sally Varham, Daniels v The Attorney-General: children with special needs and the right to education in New Zealand.
6 AUSTRALIA, Jim Jackson, Implementation of the Right to education in Australia
7 CHINA, Xiao Yanhui, Educational Rights in China
8 UNITED STATES, Charles Russo, The Right to an Education: An American Perspective
9 CANADA, Gregory M. Dickinson, The Right to Education in Canada: A Difficult Beast to Tame
10 SOUTH AFRICA, P.J.Visser, Educational Rights in South Africa


1 EU, Roland Winkler, The Right to Education according to Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
2 EU, Guy Neave, On facing an exciting future; cogitations on the theme higher education, competition and access
3 SINGAPORE, Mui Kim Teh, Globalisation, rights and issues in education law in Singapore
4 FLANDERS, De Groof, Lauwers
5 FRANCE, André Legrand, L’actualité du droit de l’éducation en France: (01.07 2000-31.12.2003)
6 GERMANY, Kurt Graulich
7 FINLAND, Païvi Gynther, Occupational Health and Safety of Teachers under Conditions of Infectious Diseases: Does the Rule for Privacy Always Trump?
8 GREECE, John Panaretos, Social and educational impact from the introduction of national exams in Greek high schools: first findings
9 NETHERLANDS, Pieter W.A. Huisman, Parents and the right to special education for their child
10 SPAIN, José L. Arco Tirado and Juan Miguel Fernandez-Balboa, Some barriers to school reform in Spain


1 SOUTH AFRICA, Rassie Malherbe, The right to freedom of religion in South African schools: recent disturbing developments
2 SOUTH AFRICA, Simeon Maile, School principals right to freedom of association and labour relations: a South African perspective
3 SOUTH AFRICA, Gerhard van der Schijff, Freedom of religious teaching as an element of the right to freedom of religion in South Africa
4 SOUTH AFRICA, Gerhard van der Schijff, The unconstitutionality of religiously motivated corporal punishment in independent schools in South Africa
5 SOUTH AFRICA, P.J. Visser, Some thoughts on aspects of delictual liability in relation to public schools in South Africa
6 SOUTH AFRICA, R. Mestry, Children’s rights to basic education: Implications for the state to fund schools in South Africa


1 NEW ZEALAND, Sally Varham, Daniels v The Attorney-General: children with special needs and the right to education in New Zealand.
2 USA, Russo
3 Netherlands, Ben Vermeulen


IJELP Special Issue Romania 5

1. Introduction by Rolf Ekéus, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

2. Universities, Multi-Culturalism And Democracy
George Schöpflin

3. Learning Integration:
Minorities And Higher Education
Walter Kemp

4. Intregrating Diversity: In Everybody’s Interest
Max Van Der Stoel

5. Multicultural Education In Romania
Andrei Marga

6. Perceptions Of Multiculturalism
István Horváth

7. Higher Education And Linguistic Minorities:
A Canadian Perspective
Jean-Michel Beillard

8. Minority Education Rights In Europe
John Packer

9. Expanding Opportunities For Minorities In Education In The New Europe
Jan De Groof, Gracienne Lauwers