In order to give effect to the objects and purpose of the European Convention on Human Rights1 specific terms under the Convention have been found by the European Court of Human Rights to have an autonomous meaning which may go beyond their ordinary meaning: this means that the content of the Convention rights2 is determined by their substantive meaning and effect and not by their classification in the domestic legal order of a contracting state, so that, for example, concepts such as 'civil rights and obligations'
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