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Margari v Greece and Negru v Republic of Moldova: A Step Towards ‘Substantive’ Interdependence?

Mariavittoria Catanzariti


Keywords: right to privacy, criminal proceedings, right to information, right to access, ECtHR

Case Margari v Greece, Application no 36705/16, Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (Third Section) of 20 June 2023 and Case Negru v Republic of Moldova, Application no 7336/11, Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (Second Section) of 27 June 2023
The cases offer a significant step towards the protection of the right to privacy in the context of criminal proceedings, addressing the one the risk to jeopardise the right to reputation of accused persons during criminal proceedings, focusing the other on the potential impact of criminal records collected by State agents on the presumption of innocence. Right to information and right to access have been considered by the Strasbourg Court as the key issues for effective judicial protection, not only in the field of data protection but through data protection in all fields, above all in trial.

Mariavittoria Catanzariti, Research Fellow, European University Institute. For correspondence: <>.


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