Positive Rights and Proportionality Analysis

Matthias Klatt and Moritz Meister

in The Constitutional Structure of Proportionality

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662463
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743405 | DOI:
Positive Rights and Proportionality Analysis

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The special role of positive rights is widely recognized in constitutional scholarship, but the consequences in detail for both proportionality analysis and balancing are often unclear or neglected. This chapter demonstrates in detail how proportionality analysis works if a positive right is at stake. It is explicated that there are certain differences as to proportionality and balancing in negative rights, following the logical difference between a disjunctive and a conjunctive structure. The European Court of Human Rights’ decision in Hatton is used as an example. Different types of margin of appreciation relevant to positive rights are distinguished.

Keywords: positive rights; European Court of Human Rights; margin of appreciation; disjunctive structure; conjunctive structure

Chapter.  10145 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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