Like other European countries, Croatia is currently governed by a left-wing (in this case: ex-communist) government that, instead of implementing the economic reform policy that the country needs, has set the destruction of public morality as its first and foremost priority. But the population does not accept this. This week, parents have obtained a major [...]
Had the woman been a man… Comments on the ECHR ruling of X and others v. Austria on homosexual adoption and the abandonment of natural law.
Director of the ECLJ. The Court establishes that the impossibility of second-parent adoption in a same-sex relationship is discriminatory when such adoption is possible for unmarried heterosexual couples, although the exclusion of the biological parent. The reasoning may be thus summarised: If the woman had been a man, the adoption would have been possible, so it [...]
Grégor Puppinck, a frequent author on this blog, has published a legal analysis on the website of the renowned European Journal of International Law, in which he concludes that laws allowing abortion on demand are in clear contradiction to the European Human Rights Convention, which in its Article 2 protects the Right to Life. The [...]
Adoption law: New rulings by the European Court of Human Rights and the German Federal Constitutional Cour
Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights and Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (which often takes a leading role in human rights jurisprudence which is frequently cited also by Supreme and Consitutional courts in countries outside Europe) have published decisions regard two separate cases involving the adoption of children by same-sex couples. In the Germany, adoption [...]
Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights holds hearing on right of religious groups to make employment decisions based on religious affiliation
On wednesday, 30 January, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg held a hearing in a case concerning the right of churches to choose employees based on religious affiliation. A school had fired a teacher for demoninational religious studies (which is a regular subject at schools in many European countries, [...]
For the European Court of Human Rights, it is proportionate to dismiss an employee because of his religious and conscientious objection to homosexuality. Grégor Puppinck, PhD, Director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. The ECLJ is deeply concerned by the today ruling of the majority of the Fourth Section of the European Court of [...]
How can a country, that refused abortion three times by referendums, be pressured to legalize it in the name of a Convention which does not enshrine a right to abortion? In Europe,Irelandis a symbol of resistance against abortion. Nevertheless,Irelandis on the point of giving in to the concerted pressure of the Council of Europe [...]
In a previous post, we have been informed about a case currently pending before the European Court of Human Rights in which the petitioners, a lesbian couple from Austria, claim to have been victims of “discrimination” because the Austrian legislation does not allow homosexual adoption. As the post explains in more detail, one of the [...]
The case of X and others v. Austria Grégor Puppinck Strasbourg, 12 September 2012. On 3rd October 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear a case of “homosexual adoption” concerning the impossibility for a woman to adopt the son of her female partner (X and others v. Austria, no. [...]
On 28 August 2012, the second section of the European Court of Human Rights issued its first judgment concerning access to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This technique of screening and selection of embryos conceived in vitro aims at giving birth to a child who is not suffering from a genetic disease. It stems from this [...]
The right to marry for transgendered people before the European Court – Ten years after Christine Goodwin.
11 July 2012 Ten years after its famous ruling in the case of Christine Goodwin v UK, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is required again to rule on the compatibility of the impediments that prevent transgender people from marrying a person who is of the same biological sex with the European Convention on [...]
In one of the previous posts on this blog, I read about the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issuing a declaration in which, inter alia, it is stated that: “We the undersigned Members of Parliament … (…) Stress that one US dollar spent on family planning saves governments 4 dollars on health, housing, [...]
For those in the NY area: our friends at the Institute for American Values are hosting an event tomorrow night debating homosexual marriage. The conversation features the intrepid Maggie Gallagher. David Blankenhorn is hosting.
Strasbourg, 15 May 2012 – Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights published a judgment in the important case of Fernandez-Martínez c. Espagne (application no 56030/07), in which it concluded by six votes to one that “the choice of the bishop not to renew the contract of a teacher who is a married priest and activist [...]
The Venice Commission is currently reviewing the Hungarian cardinal law on the Protection of Families. This law has been strongly criticised, especially for defining family as “based on the marriage of a man and a woman,” and for protecting human life since conception. The European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) submits today a Memorandum to the Venice Commission demonstrating [...]
The Court is called upon to adjudicate on the existence of a “right to eugenic abortion” Strasbourg, 4 April 2011 – The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) currently has before it an unprecedented number of cases relating to abortion. Because the principles established by the Court in its case law are binding on the [...]
One year ago, the European Court ofHuman Rights made its final decision in the famous “Italian crucifix” case (Lautsi v Italy).With the publication of a study on his findings, I return to a case that has had a profound impact on the European Court of Human Rights and itsconception of human rights. This study aims to [...]
Abortion in Ireland : Addressing the outcome of the A, B & C v Ireland ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
Addressing the outcome of the A, B & C v Ireland ruling at the European Court of Human Rights. 10.11.2011 On January 13 2011, the Irish Government published the terms of reference and named the expert group tasked with addressing the outcome of the A, B & C v Ireland ruling at the European Court [...]
The ECLJ calls for referral to the Grand Chamber of the case Sindicatul Pastorul cel bun v. Romania. On January 31st 2012, the third section of the European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in the case of Sindicatul Păstorul cel bun c. Roumanie (no. 2330/09) whereby it determined that the refusal to register [...]
Speaking to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, British Prime Minister has expressed concern that “the concept of human rights is in danger of being distorted. As a result, for too many people the very concept of rights is in danger of slipping from something noble to something that can become discredited.” He urgently called [...]keep looking »