European Court of Human Rights - case of Stubbings and Others v. the UK (1996) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Stubbings and Others v. the United Kingdom (1996) (excerpts)

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62. It is to be recalled that although the object of Article 8

(art. 8) is essentially that of protecting the individual against

arbitrary interference by the public authorities, it does not merely

compel the State to abstain from such interference: there may, in

addition to this primary negative undertaking, be positive obligations

inherent in an effective respect for private or family life. These

obligations may involve the adoption of measures designed to secure

respect for private life even in the sphere of the relations of

individuals between themselves (ibid., para. 23).