Social Purpose of Private Property

Solveiga Paleviciene, Dalia Vasariene

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Lithuania had a different experience in legal regulation of private property. There were periods when right to private ownership was denied and on the other hand – the periods when right to private ownership was respected and protected. Authors wanted to review today’s status of rights to private property in retrospective. The main purpose of the article is to reveal functions of private property in Lithuania. The article analyzes peculiarities of legal regulation of private property in Lithuania during different stages of the state’s development. The authors have analyzed the social significance of the right to private property, how it changed and how it has been reflected in Lithuanian legislation and the case law of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania, paying a particular attention to entrenchment of the right to private property in the Constitution of Lithuania. The authors evaluate the compliance of the national legal regulation and Article 1 of the First Protocol with the European Convention on Human Rights, and the case law of the European Court of Justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-122
JournalJurisprudencija: mokslo darbai
Issue number4 (118)
Publication statusPublished - 2009



  • Private property
  • Right to privacy
  • Constitutional protection of property
  • Social guarantees

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