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Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights

Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (4th edn)

David Harris, Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates, and Carla Buckley
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date: 28 September 2021

p. 50111. Article 8: The right to respect for private and family life, home, and correspondencelocked

p. 50111. Article 8: The right to respect for private and family life, home, and correspondencelocked

  • David Harris, David HarrisEmeritus Professor in Residence, and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Michael O’Boyle, Michael O’BoyleDeputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (2006–2015)
  • Ed Bates, Ed BatesAssociate Professor, School of Law, University of Leicester
  • Carla BuckleyCarla BuckleyResearch Fellow, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  •  and Michelle LaffertyMichelle LaffertyRegistry Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights

Abstract

This chapter discusses Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is described as the ‘least defined and most unruly of the rights enshrined in the Convention’. Article 8 places on states the obligation to ‘respect’ a wide range of undefined personal interests which embrace a number of overlapping and inter-related areas, including some LGBT rights. None of the four interests covered by Article 8(1)—private life, family life, home, and correspondence—is defined in the Convention and their content is a matter of interpretation.

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