Access to Information as a Human Right in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights

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The author examines whether the right to obtain information held by state or city authorities is considered to be a human right guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR, or ‘the Convention’). The research question is studied by analysing the practice of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR, or ‘the Court’). According to ECtHR case law, the right to obtain information may be based on Article 2 of the ECHR (guaranteeing the right to life), on Article 6 (guaranteeing fair trial), on Article 8 (guaranteeing the right to private and family life), and, finally, on Article 10 (guaranteeing freedom of expression). However, there is no general right to obtain information from public authorities and access official documents. The ECHR is still able to bring added value to many access-to-information cases. It brings the scrutiny and supervision of the ECtHR into play, and the Convention and the Court that interprets it set the minimum standard for publicity of information.
TidskriftThe Journal of Media Law
Sidor (från-till)79-103
Antal sidor25
StatusPublicerad - 25 jul 2013
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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