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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 - C 601/15 PPU / Judgment
    J. N. v Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie
    Decision date:
    15 Feb 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Grand Chamber
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:84
  • CJEU - C 566/14 P / Opinion
    Jean-Charles Marchiani v European Parliament
    Decision date:
    19 Jan 2016
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Institutional affairs
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2016:22
  • CJEU Case C-419/14 / Judgment
    WebMindLicenses Kft. v Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Kiemelt Adó- és Vám Főigazgatóság
    Decision date:
    17 Dec 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Third Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Taxation
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    EU:C:2015:832
  • Cyprus / Supreme Court / Joint cases 216/14 and 36/2015
    Application of Constantinos Syphantos from Geroskipou regarding the issue of a certiorari order
    Decision date:
    27 Oct 2015
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Supreme Court of Cyprus
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Information society
  • CJEU - C 650/13 / Judgment
    Thierry Delvigne v Commune de Lesparre Médoc and Préfet de la Gironde
    Decision date:
    06 Oct 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Grand Chamber
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2015:648
  • CJEU - C 362/14 / Opinion
    Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner
    Decision date:
    23 Sep 2015
    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:2015:627
  • CJEU - C-398/13 P / Judgment
    Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Others v European Commission
    Decision date:
    03 Sep 2015
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Fifth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    External trade
  • 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

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