Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to respect for one’s private life. The European Court of Human Rights has interpreted this provision broadly to include a right to personal autonomy, identity and integrity. The book examines these concepts by interconnecting case law from the Court with the philosophical debates, including those in feminism, in four parts: (1) personal freedom and human rights law (2) privacy and personal autonomy (3) personal identity (4) bodily and moral integrity. The author notes, through her analysis of the Court’s case law, that different versions of freedom are evident in the jurisprudence, including one which may restrict human freedom rather than enhance it through human rights law. This book will be invaluable to scholars of the Court, human rights and issues of the self.
Jill Marshall Ph.D. (2003) in Law, University of London, is a lecturer in law at Queen Mary, University of London. She has published in the area of feminist jurisprudence and human rights including Humanity, Freedom and Feminism (Ashgate 2005).
All those interested in European human rights law, ideas of the self, personal identity and autonomy, freedom, jurisprudence and feminist theory.