Should big companies ('legal persons') be protected under a treaty that protects fundamental human rights? In his recent and very interesting blog post Transforming the right to property, Laurens Lavrysen shares his unease with the right to property (of companies) as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights: "Basically, that is because I don’t really like the idea of a human right to property for a number of reasons." According to Lavrysen, a right to property takes the present distribution of wealth across society for granted, and does not question the mechanisms that distribute wealth among individuals. Those who have the most property obviously have a larger claim to property protection, disproportionately empowering the most advantaged vis-à-vis the least advantaged.
- BIG COMPANIES AS 'VICTIMS'?, EuropeanCourts