Penn State International Law Review

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In June 2009, the European Court of Human Rights ("ECHR") handed down a decision against the French Banking Commission ("FBC") for a violation of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms ("the Convention"). The applicant, a French investment company, alleged that the FBC failed to act as an independent tribunal during its proceedings as required by the Convention. The ECHR's decision was in some ways surprising but was consistent with its broad view of businesses' rights under the Convention. The full impetus of the decision, though, is not readily apparent until it is considered in light of the human-rights movement in Europe.