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Personal Freedom And Human Rights Law

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The introduction of the human rights order after the second world war, has been dubbed the second wave of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) delegates aimed not just to set people free but to find common values to enable people to be free whilst retaining and strengthening the human bonds so necessary for human development. The UDHR is referred to in the ECHRs preamble as an inspiration, setting out human rights to which everyone is entitled to within its jurisdiction. This chapter examines what human or personal freedom, and the related conception of human dignity, is generally portrayed as meaning and how human rights law relates to these concepts. Personal autonomy, identity and integrity are intertwined with ideas of human freedom or liberty. The chapter introduces these different conceptions of freedom, and explores how these connect to human rights and are protected through human rights law.

Keywords: ECHR; human dignity; human rights law; personal autonomy; personal freedom; personal identity; personal integrity; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)



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