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This chapter presents the conclusory remarks on the development of the concepts of personal autonomy, identity and integrity which the ECtHR has explicitly reiterated in recent years and developed throughout its jurisprudence from its earliest of days is protected for all persons under Article 8 of the ECHR. The concepts often overlap and some cases do not fit easily into one category rather than another. Overall however, the jurisprudence shows the possibility of a profound respect for personal freedom as manifested in these concepts. In many ways, the case law has developed to increase the personal freedom in a way which goes to the very heart of what it means to be a person, protecting intimate areas of ones life and increasingly doing so even when the affects are felt in public rather than private life for the applicants concerned.

Keywords: ECtHR; personal autonomy; personal identity; personal integrity



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