Asselbourg and 78 Others and Greenpeace v. Luxembourg

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 06/30/1999 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
European Court

The European Court of Human Rights held that applicants did not have standing to challenge Luxembourg's actions in failing to properly license and regulate activities of a steelworks company operating near the applicants' homes under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, because applicants failed to establish a direct link between the conditions imposed by the licenses governing the steelworks operations and their own reasonably foreseeable damages. Article 8 recognizes the right to respect for private lives and homes. Furthermore, the Court held that the dismissal for a lack of standing did not restrict the applicants access to a tribunal because the applicants have legal remedies available to them under Luxembourg law.