The Right to Respect for Private Life in the European Convention on Human Rights: A Re-Examination
(2008) European Human Rights Law Review 44
20 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2014 Last revised: 31 Mar 2019
Date Written: January 1, 2008
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
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