The article discusses the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of VON HANNOVER v GERMANY concerning the publication of photographs of Princess Caroline of Monaco in German magazines. The Court ruled that certain activities of public figures fall within the ambit of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights even when they take place in public. It is argued that this is a positive development, and that the courts should resolve conflicts between privacy and freedom of expression by engaging into a substantive analysis of both the privacy interests at stake and the value of the particular publication instead of according equally high protection to all forms of speech.
Until 2007 the King's Law Journal was known as the King's College Law Journal. It was established in 1990 as a legal periodical publishing scholarly and authoritative Articles, Notes and Reports on legal issues of current importance to both academic research and legal practice. It has a national and international readership, and publishes refereed contributions from authors across the United Kingdom, from continental Europe and further afield (particularly Commonwealth countries and USA). The journal includes a Reviews section containing critical notices of recently published books.