The Court of Justice of the European Union and the illusion of balancing in internet-related disputes

Filippo Fontanelli*

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This chapter presents the UK Constitution which was categorised as a system with a 'weak form' of judicial review. In the UK Supreme Court's decision in Kennedy, Lord Mance noted that there is often no difference between the protection of freedom of expression under the common law, and in some cases the common law may provide more expansive protection. Whilst the scheme of rights protection is designed to work alongside the principle of legislative supremacy, the UK courts have numerous tools with which to protect fundamental rights. The chapter discusses the UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which share the same approach to freedom of expression. It considers whether any changes to the general principles in the Article 10 jurisprudence are required in the light of the new communications environment. When looking at the internet, the Court has tended to apply with reference to the traditional principles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Internet and Constitutional Law
Subtitle of host publicationThe protection of fundamental rights and constitutional adjudication in Europe
EditorsOreste Pollicino, Graziella Romeo
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781317407980
ISBN (Print)9781138924987, 9780367597153
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Constitutional Law


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