Perception of the content of human rights law is nowadays inevitably moulded by the Convention and its adjectival law. However, the Convention does not purport to deal exclusively with every issue that might be thought to be a matter of human rights and freedoms. In particular, it is broadly concerned with personal integrity (protection of life, liberty, personal security, privacy and property; freedom of conscience, expression and assembly, etc.) rather than with interaction between persons, which is the essence of commercial law.
Entitlement to Convention rights has been held to extend beyond human beings, in particular, to non-natural, corporate persons, who constitute the principal group of persons who are engaged – and created to be engaged – in commercial activities. Thus, companies are regarded as having human rights. The same is true of state trading organisations which operate on a commercial basis independently of their government.
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