Schneider v. Luxembourg  | 2007

Woman forced to allow hunting on her land against her beliefs

To force a small landowner to allow hunting on her land so that third parties can use it in a way totally contrary to her convictions is a disproportionate burden, which is not justified...

Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, 10th July 2007

Background

Catherine Schneider was ethically opposed to hunting. She owned some land on which hunting took place. She wanted this to stop. However, under a law from 1925 she was obliged to be a member of a hunting syndicate and to allow hunting on her land. 

Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights

The court recognised that Mrs Schneider had strong feelings against hunting. Forcing her to be part of a hunting syndicate therefore violated her right to freedom of association.  Similarly, forcing her to allow hunting on her land breached her right to use her property as she wished.

Follow-up

A new Law on Hunting was adopted in 2011. This allows land owners who are ethically opposed to hunting to withdraw from hunting associations – meaning that they are also no longer obliged to allow hunting on their land.

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