The Right to Respect for Private Life in the European Convention on Human Rights: A Re-Examination

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N. A. Moreham

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

This article examines the ECtHR's interpretation of the right to respect for private life in Art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The article examines more than 140 cases to show that, although usually seen as amorphous and ill-defined, 'private life' can in fact be organised into five main sub-interests: the right to be free from unwanted physical access, from unwanted informational access and from environmental pollution; and the right to be free to express one's identity and to live autonomously. This conclusion has significant implications for development of the right to privacy in English law, which draws heavily on Convention jurisprudence.

Keywords: Privacy, private life, Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights, intrusion, surveillance, photograph, identity, autonomy, human rights, positive obligation

JEL Classification: K10, K13, K33, K32, K14

Suggested Citation

Moreham, Nicole A., The Right to Respect for Private Life in the European Convention on Human Rights: A Re-Examination (January 1, 2008). (2008) European Human Rights Law Review 44; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 11/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2383507

Nicole A. Moreham (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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