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Human Rights Law Directions

Human Rights Law Directions (4th edn)

Howard Davis
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date: 27 January 2023

p. 31015. Article 8: right to respect for private and family lifelocked

p. 31015. Article 8: right to respect for private and family lifelocked

  • Howard DavisHoward DavisReader in Public Law, Bournemouth University


Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. It discusses European Convention law and relates it to domestic law under the HRA. Questions, discussion points and thinking points help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress and knowledge can be tested by self-test questions and exam questions at the chapter end. This chapter focuses on Article 8. Which is concerned with matters that are considered personal, over which individuals are sovereign, and with which the state should not interfere.. In its first paragraph, Article 8 recognises ‘private life’, ‘family life’, ‘home’, and ‘correspondence’ as the general concepts in terms of which this sphere of the personal is to be protected under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). These terms are defined and discussed in the chapter. The second paragraph presents the general legal conditions that must be satisfied before such interference can be considered justified and compatible with the Convention. Much of the chapter is concerned with the application of Article 8 to various situations such as surveillance, the environment, deportation, abortion and euthanasia.

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