European Convention on Human Rights

Conform or be confined: S.A.S. v France

Conform or be confined: S.A.S. v France

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on 1st July that France’s ban on face coverings, known as the burqa-ban, does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights. The...
European Legal Aid in a Domestic Framework – Part Two

European Legal Aid in a Domestic Framework – Part Two

As hinted in yesterday’s post, under section 4 of LASPO, The Lord Chancellor provided guidance on how to decide exceptional case funding applications made to the Legal Aid Agency. The...
A European Right to Legal Aid? Part One

A European Right to Legal Aid? Part One

A key aspect of the Government’s reform agenda regarding civil legal aid is the restriction, set out in Schedule 1 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act...
McDonald v UK: The ECtHR on Social Care Provision

McDonald v UK: The ECtHR on Social Care Provision

So did Ms McDonald OBE, former ballerina, win her case in the European Court of Human Rights (McDonald v UK) or not? The Guardian on 20 May 2014 said: “European...
Cyprus v Turkey: Arming the European Court against States’ Complacency?

Cyprus v Turkey: Arming the European Court against States’ Complacency?

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) recently handed down judgment in Cyprus v Turkey. This case, the first to award damages to an applicant government in an inter-State case,...
RMT v United Kingdom: Sympathy Strikes and the European Court of Human Rights

RMT v United Kingdom: Sympathy Strikes and the European Court of Human Rights

In RMT v United Kingdom the European Court of Human Rights held that the ban on secondary action in the United Kingdom was a justified interference with the right to...
Inspiring Change Through Law for International Women’s Day

Inspiring Change Through Law for International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, formally observed by the United Nations in recognition of the fact that ‘securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights...
Migrant ‘Push Backs’ at Sea are Prohibited ‘Collective Expulsions’

Migrant ‘Push Backs’ at Sea are Prohibited ‘Collective Expulsions’

  In the early hours of 20 January 2014, a boat coming from Turkey carrying twenty-seven Afghan and Syrian migrants was intercepted by the Greek coast guard near the isle...
Judicial Review of Migrant Detention in Europe: In Search of Effectiveness and Speediness

Judicial Review of Migrant Detention in Europe: In Search of Effectiveness and Speediness

  Detention has been highlighted in recent years by a number of international and non-governmental organisations as an ineffective and inefficient tool of migration control employed by a large number...
Jones and Others v UK: Immunity or Impunity?

Jones and Others v UK: Immunity or Impunity?

The recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Jones and Others v UK represents a missed opportunity to take a lead in developments in international law concerning...
Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

Respect for Private Life under Article 8 and Covert Filming – Söderman v Sweden

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“GC”) found Sweden had breached its obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) for failing...
Lord Sumption on ‘The Limits of Law’

Lord Sumption on ‘The Limits of Law’

In the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture, given in Kuala Lumpur on 20th November, Lord Sumption, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, again stepped into the debate over the appropriate...

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