Although the margin of appreciation affords states considerable latitude in interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights1 it can never supplant the European Court of Human Rights' role in assessing whether a measure is Convention compliant2, and accordingly there are situations in which the Court will intervene in spite of the fact that an issue appears to fall within a state's wide margin of appreciation3. The width of the margin of appreciation can range from extreme deference in cases concerning morality and religious sensibilities, social and economic policy and national security
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