Some Kind of Right

Jud Mathews, Some Kind of Right, 21 German Law Journal (2020)

7 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2020

Date Written: February 10, 2020


The Right to Be Forgotten II crystallizes one lesson from Europe’s rights revolution: persons should be able to call on some kind of right to protect their important interests whenever those interests are threatened under the law. Which rights instrument should be deployed, and by what court, become secondary concerns. The decision doubtless involves some self-aggrandizement by the German Federal Constitutional Court (GFCC), which asserts for itself a new role in protecting European fundamental rights, but it is no criticism of the Right to Be Forgotten II to say that it advances the GFCC’s role in European governance, so long as the decision also makes sense in the context of the European and German law. I argue that it does, for a specific reason. The Right to Be Forgotten II represents a sensible approach to managing the complex pluralism of the legal environment in which Germany and other EU member states find themselves.

Keywords: Court of Justice of the European Union, German Federal Constitutional Court, constitutional rights, comparative constitutional law, the right to be forgotten, legal pluralism

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Mathews, Jud, Some Kind of Right (February 10, 2020). Jud Mathews, Some Kind of Right, 21 German Law Journal (2020), Available at SSRN: or

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