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The European Convention on Royal Rights: Royalty, Aristocracy and the European Convention on Human Rights

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This chapter looks at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its case law from a somewhat novel perspective; to see the familiar principles through royal or aristocratic eyes. In doing so, an attempt is made to review the extent to which the ECHR has thus far, in practice, reached out beyond its classic sphere of operation to provide a shield of protection for the royalty and the aristocracy. Literally, "everyone", the designated holder of the rights and freedoms safeguarded by the ECHR, includes the rich as well as the poor. In sum, the Council of Europe's human rights treaty of 1950 cannot fairly be characterised as a rogues' charter, and neither can it be taxed as being the European Convention on Royal Rights. Royalty, aristocracy and nobility have their small corner in the corpus of caselaw under the ECHR.

Keywords: aristocracy; European convention on human rights (ECHR); European convention on royal rights; royalty



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