Entities to which International Guarantees Apply

Larmela v Finland, 28 May 1997 [ECtHR]


Case no 26712/95

The Commission finds that although under national law recognition of an association's legal personality is dependent on its registration, an unregistered association can nevertheless be freely formed and engage in certain activities, just as it can possess funds through its members. It may be questioned, therefore, whether the fact that the association was unable to register prevented it from pursuing its objectives and thus at all constituted an interference with the applicant's right to freedom of association (cf., e.g. No. 18874/91, Dec. 12.1.94, D.R. 76, p. 44).
The Commission considers that this question need not be answered, since even assuming that there was an interference, it is justified under paragraph 2 of Article 11 (Art. 11-2) of the Convention. (...)

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