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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 293/12 and 594/12 / Opinion
    Digital Rights Ireland
    Decision date:
    12 Dec 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    ADVOCATE GENERAL Cruz Villalón
    Type:
    Opinion
  • CJEU - C 280/12 P / Judgment
    Council v Fulmen and Mahmoudian
    Decision date:
    28 Nov 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    General Court (Fifth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
  • CJEU - C 348/12 P / Judgment
    Council v Manufacturing Support & Procurement Kala Naft
    Decision date:
    28 Nov 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    General Court (Fifth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
  • CJEU - C 314/12 / Opinion
    UPC Telekabel Wien GmbH v Constantin Film Verleih GmbH and Wega Filmproduktionsgesellschaft GmbH
    Decision date:
    26 Nov 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    OPINION OF ADVOCATE GENERAL
    Type:
    Opinion
  • Germany / Hessian Higher Administrative Court / 7 C 897/13.N
    Man v State regulation on authorised inspectors and official experts
    Decision date:
    07 Aug 2013
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Germany / Hessian Higher Administrative Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Employment and social policy
  • CJEU Case C-176/12 / Opinion
    Association de médiation sociale v Union locale des syndicats CGT and Others.
    Decision date:
    18 Jul 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    ADVOCATE GENERAL
    Type:
    Opinion
  • Czech Republic / The Supreme Administrative Court / 1 Afs 17/2013 – 43
    BS Park II. s.r.o v The appellate financial directorate
    Decision date:
    11 Jul 2013
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    The Supreme Administrative Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Taxation
  • Portugal / Supreme Court of Justice / 149/11.4YFLSB
    AA and BB v Superior Council of the Judiciary
    Decision date:
    26 Jun 2013
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Portugal / Supreme Court of Justice
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Employment and social policy
  • CJEU - C 300/11 / Judgment
    ZZ v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    Decision date:
    04 Jun 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court of Justice of the European Union / Grand Chamber
    Type:
    Decision
  • CJEU - T 187/11 / Judgment
    Mohamed Trabelsi et al. v Council of the European Union
    Decision date:
    28 May 2013
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    General Court (Third Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision

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