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von Hannover v Germany

[2004] EMLR 379

Case summary last updated at 02/02/2020 17:16 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case von Hannover v Germany

Princess Caroline of Monaco sued various magazine publishers to stop them publishing photographs of her going about her daily business (doing innocuous activities). Held:
 
Art 8
·       C is public figure
Ø  However she does not exercise any public functions
·       Thus mere fact that C is well-known does not necessarily mean public has legitimate interest in seeing photos of C going about her daily business.
 
Art 10
·       Relevant factor is that photos were oftentaken in climate of continual harassment.
·       Additionally her private activities are not relevant to any debate of public interest
Ø  Rather are solely to satisfy curiosity of readers
·       On facts, C’s Art 8 rights had been breached.

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