The cautious control of « competition dawn raids » by the European Court of Human Rights
Avocat au barreau de Bruxelles
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Avocate aux barreaux de Paris et de Bruxelles (liste E)
2 avril 2015 - Cour eur. dr. h., Vinci Construction et GTM Génie Civil et services c. France
In the judgement Vinci Construction et GTM Génie Civil, France was condemned for failing to comply with articles 6, § 1, and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to searches and seizures in undertakings investigated for alleged infringements to competition law. The Court held that undertakings must be granted an effective remedy against inspection decisions. In addition, seizures cannot be massive as well as undifferentiated, and the lawyer-client relationship must be protected.