margin of appreciation


Definitions of margin of appreciation


the principle adopted by the European Court of Human Rights that member states will interpret the European Convention on Human Rights differently, according to local laws, customs, and cultural and historical differences etc, and that this should be taken into account when considering whether or not a member state has breached the Convention

He argued that the principle of the "margin of appreciation" should allow national governments greater leeway in applying the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.