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The Principle of Proportionality in the Constitutional Practice of Restriction on Voting Rights. P. 111–116

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Section: State Management and Law. Economics

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342.76(342.815)

Authors

Bazhukov Sergey Aleksandrovich
Institute of Law, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Arkhangelsk, Russia)

Abstract

The paper dwells on the limits to voting rights restriction through the lenses of the principle of
proportionality when restricting rights and freedoms. One should differentiate between the principles
of restriction on rights and freedoms and the limits to restriction of human rights and freedoms. Having
studied academic literature and legal practice, the author suggests a definition of the principle of
proportionality and analyzes its features. In addition, the paper demonstrates the relationship between
the principle of proportionality and philosophical and ethical positions of Ancient Greek philosophers.
The practical use of this principle is considered on the example of the decision of the European Court
of Human Rights on the case “Anchugov and Gladkov v. Russia”. Further, the paper reveals the dual
nature of understanding the principle of proportionality, which largely depends on the subjective position
of the individuals applying this principle. The author comes to the conclusion that this principle, being
based on the positivist understanding of law, serves as a natural legal barrier against arbitrary limitations
on constitutional rights and freedoms.

Keywords

restriction on voting rights, principle of proportionality, dual nature of interpretation, European Court of Human Rights
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