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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.

  • United Kingdom / Court of Appeal, civil division / A2/2014/4129
    Kiani v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    Decision date:
    21 Jul 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Employment and social policy
  • Netherlands / Council of State, Administrative Jurisdiction Division / 201406767/1/A1
    Authority on Road Traffic v defendant
    Decision date:
    15 Jul 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Information society
  • CJEU - C-157/14 / Opinion
    Neptune Distribution v Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance
    Decision date:
    09 Jul 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Consumers
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2015:460
  • Belgium / Constitutional Court / 84/2015
    Belgian French and German-speaking bar associations and two Belgian League of Human Rights associations (‘Liga voor Mensenrechten/Ligue des Droits de l’Homme’) v Belgian State
    Decision date:
    11 Jun 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Constitutional Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Information society
  • Czech Republic / Constitutional Court / Pl. ÚS 14/14
    Mgr. Alexandra Uhlová, Pavlína Placáková, Strana Zelených (Green Party)
    Decision date:
    19 May 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Constitutional Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Free movement and equality
  • CJEU Case C-528/13 /Judgment
    Geoffrey Léger v Ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes and Etablissement français du sang
    Decision date:
    29 Apr 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Fourth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Public Health
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2015:288
  • Slovakia / Constitutional Court / PL. ÚS 10/2014-78
    Members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
    Decision date:
    29 Apr 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Information society
  • CJEU - T 190/12 / Judgment
    Tomana and Others v Council and Commission
    Decision date:
    22 Apr 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court of Justice of the European Union / General Court (Eighth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Foreign and security policy
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:T:2015:222
  • Ireland / High Court / [2015] IEHC 246
    N.H.V. and F.T. v The Minister for Justice and Equality and the Irish Human Rights Commission
    Decision date:
    17 Apr 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    High Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Asylum and migration
  • CJEU - C-398/13 P / Opinion
    Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Others v European Commission and Others
    Decision date:
    19 Mar 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Environment
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2015:190

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