Economic and Non-Economic Values in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights

Pasquale De Sena

in Human Rights in International Investment Law and Arbitration

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578184
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722561 | DOI:

Series: International Economic Law Series

 Economic and Non-Economic Values in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights

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This chapter argues that the relationship between ECtHR case law relating to protection of property rights and the traditional principles of international law on foreign investments swings between a tendency to apply these principles, adapting them to the frame of reference of the Convention, and a tendency to overcome them. The first trend displays itself when the rights of property come to the fore viewed as purely economic rights. It concerns the notion of property itself, the ‘corporate veil’ principle, and the determination of the amount of compensation to be awarded in cases of expropriation. The second trend can be found when violations of other protected rights of considerable social (non-economic) interest come to the fore, together with interferences with the right of property. In such cases, the Court has tended both to extend the concept of property and to judge disproportionate these interferences in the light of the social relevance of the individual interests at stake.

Keywords: ECtHR case law; property rights; foreign investments; economic rights; corporate veil principle; compensation; expropriation

Chapter.  6064 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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