Fundamental Rights

EU law specifically guarantees certain fundamental rights – including freedom of movement and the prohibition of discrimination – but decisions by Union institutions and national implementation measures must also respect a much wider range of rights, namely, those in the European Convention on Human Rights and those resulting from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States.  This obligation has been further reinforced by the adoption of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Members of the Chambers – combining their expertise in EU and human rights law – have acted in many cases where a failure to respect fundamental rights is the principal or a significant basis for challenging such decisions or measures, including ones that have affected rights to asylum, a fair hearing, freedom of association, freedom of expression and privacy.