Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 322 (Oct)
Court: European Court of Human Rights

Judges Pellonpaa (President), Bratza, Pastor Ridreujo, Maruste, Pavlovschi and Garlicki, and Mrs F Elens-Ross (Section Registrar)

Representation Jean Gould of Tyndalwoods, Birmingham for the applicants.
  C Whomersley of the Foreign and Commonwealth Government for the respondent state.
Judgment Dates: 22 October 2002


Human rights - Right to family life - Homosexual - Discharge from armed forces on ground of sexual orientation - Legality of policy - European Convention on Human Rights, arts 8, 14, 41.

The Case

The European Court of Justice, following previous authority, held that the investigation of the applicants' sexual orientation and their discharge from the navy on the grounds of their homosexuality constituted direct interferences with their right to respect for their private lives which could not be justified on under art8(2) of the European Convention on Human Rights as being necessary in a democratic society, and found a breach of art8 accordingly. The applicants' art14 complaints did not give rise to any separate issue.

Practice Areas

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