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Article 52 - Scope and interpretation

1. Any limitation on the exercise of the rights and freedoms recognised by this Charter must be provided for by law and respect the essence of those rights and freedoms. Subject to the principle of proportionality, limitations may be made only if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others.
2. Rights recognised by this Charter for which provision is made in the Treaties shall be exercised under the conditions and within the limits defined by those Treaties.
3. In so far as this Charter contains rights which correspond to rights guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the meaning and scope of those rights shall be the same as those laid down by the said Convention. This provision shall not prevent Union law providing more extensive protection.
4. In so far as this Charter recognises fundamental rights as they result from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States, those rights shall be interpreted in harmony with those traditions.
5. The provisions of this Charter which contain principles may be implemented by legislative and executive acts taken by institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, and by acts of Member States when they are implementing Union law, in the exercise of their respective powers. They shall be judicially cognisable only in the interpretation of such acts and in the ruling on their legality.
6. Full account shall be taken of national laws and practices as specified in this Charter.
7. The explanations drawn up as a way of providing guidance in the interpretation of this Charter shall be given due regard by the courts of the Union and of the Member States.

  • CJEU T‐720/14 / Judgment
    Arkady Romanovich Rotenberg v. Council of the European Union
    Decision date:
    30 Nov 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    The General Court (Ninth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    External trade
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:T:2016:689
  • CJEU C‑439/16 PPU / Opinion
    Criminal proceedings against Emil Milev
    Decision date:
    11 Oct 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:760
  • CJEU - Joined Cases C-439/14 and C-488/14 / Judgment
    SC Star Storage v. Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare in Informatica (ICI)
    Decision date:
    15 Sep 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Third Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:688
  • CJEU Case C-294/16 PPU / Judgment
    JZ v. Prokuratura Rejonowa Łódź Śródmieście
    Decision date:
    28 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Fourth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:610
  • Ireland / Court of Appeal / [2016] IECA 231
    Sony Music Entertainment Ireland Ltd & Ors v UPC Communications Ireland Ltd
    Decision date:
    28 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Court of Appeal
    Type:
    Decision
  • CJEU - C-294/16 PPU / Opinion
    JZ v. Prokuratura Rejonowa Łódź Śródmieście
    Decision date:
    19 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:574
  • CJEU - Joined Cases C‐203/15 and C‐698/15 / Opinion
    Tele2 Sverige v. Post och telestyrelsen and Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tom Watson and Others
    Decision date:
    19 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Information society
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:572
  • CJEU Case C-188/15 / Opinion
    Asma Bougnaoui and Association de défense des droits de l’homme (ADDH) v Micropole SA
    Decision date:
    13 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Employment and social policy
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:553
  • CJEU - C-447/15 / Judgment
    Muladi v Krajský
    Decision date:
    07 Jul 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Eighth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Transport
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:533
  • CJEU - T-545/13 / Judgment
    Al Matri v Council
    Decision date:
    30 Jun 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Eighth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Foreign and security policy
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:T:2016:376

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