The European Court of Human Rights has afforded states a narrow margin of appreciation1 where expression is in the public interest2, or where the issue in question relates to 'the most intimate aspect of private life'3 or to a particularly important facet of an individual's identity or existence4. The Court has also recognised that some rights or issues, such as contempt of court or the notion of the authority and impartiality of the judiciary, have an objectively identifiable definition and will accordingly afford states a narrow margin of appreciation in those matters on the basis that there is less
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