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p. 1106. Balancing rights—free speech and privacylocked

  • Andrew Clapham


‘Balancing rights—free speech and privacy’ considers the human rights that have built-in limitations. The thrust of international human rights law for these rights is that limitations to rights must be justified by reference to pre-existing accessible laws that allow for proportionate action necessary to achieve a legitimate aim such as national security, public order, or the rights of others. Human rights simultaneously claim to protect freedom of expression and the right to privacy, but how do you balance these rights and put them into practice? It all depends on the context and proportionality.

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