The Fundamental Right to (Intellectual) Property and the Discretion of the Legislature

Christophe Geiger (ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, 2015, 132-148

21 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2013 Last revised: 10 Feb 2016

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Alexander Peukert

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Law; Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders

Date Written: September 11, 2013

Abstract

The article makes two points regarding the fundamental rights dimensions of intellectual property (IP). First, it explains why the prevailing approach to balancing the fundamental right to intellectual property with conflicting fundamental freedoms as if they were of equal rank is conceptually flawed and should be replaced by a justification paradigm. Second, it highlights the pre-eminent role of the legislature and the much more limited role of the judiciary in developing IP law. The arguments are based on an analysis of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and last but not least the German Constitutional Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, regarding the respective inter-/supra-/national fundamental-rights regimes.

Keywords: intellectual property, fundamental rights, human rights, european convention human rights, european union, charter, balance

Suggested Citation

Peukert, Alexander, The Fundamental Right to (Intellectual) Property and the Discretion of the Legislature (September 11, 2013). Christophe Geiger (ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, 2015, 132-148. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2324132 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2324132

Alexander Peukert (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Law ( email )

Frankfurt
Germany

Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders

Frankfurt
Germany

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