Married couples


The legal prohibition on heterosexual couples to enter into registered partnership does not violate the right to personal and family life

JUDGMENT  Ratzenböck and Seydl v. Austria 26-10-2017 (no. 28475/12) see here  SUMMARY  Lack of possibility for heterosexual couples to enter into a registered partnership. The Austrian registered partnership  is an alternative to marriage only for same-sex couples. The applicants, as a heterosexual couple, had access to marriage in an institution that satisfied the need for […]

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domestic violence

Closed doors from the authorities against domestic violence denounce the right to respect for privacy

JUDGMENT Ž.B. v. Croatia 11-07-2017 (no. 47666/13) see here  SUMMARY  The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that the authorities had failed to exercise proper and effective prosecution for domestic violence against her husband. The applicant filed a lawsuit against her husband for physical and psychological violence in May 2007. Based in particular on Article 8 […]

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ενδοοικογενειακή βία

When authorities close their eyes to domestic violence against women they violate fundamental provisions of the ECHR

JUDGMENT  Bălșan v. Romania 23-5-2017 (no. 49645/09) see here  SUMMARY Domestic violence. Complaints and indifference from the authorities. Inhuman and degrading treatment. Discrimination based on sex. The applicant had four children from her marriage, but her husband was violent towards her and her children during the marriage. The violence was intensified in 2007 during their […]

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δίκαιη δίκη

The in absentia granding of the divorce against the applicant who was supposedly of an unknown residence violates the right to a fair trial

JUDGMENT Schmidt v. Latvia 27.04.2017 (no. 22493/05)  see here  SUMMARY  Access to court. Divorce proceedings. In absentia. Violation of a fair trial. The case concerns the applicant’s complaint about breaches of divorce proceedings. Based on Article 6 § 1 (right to a trial and access to court), she claimed that she had been unaware of […]

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Respect for the human body after death

JUDGMENT Elberte v. Latvia  13.01.2015 (no.  61243/08) see here SUMMARY: The case concerned the removal of body tissue from Ms Elberte’s deceased husband by forensic experts after his death, without her knowledge or consent. Unknown to Ms Elberte, pursuant to a State-approved agreement, tissue had been removed from her husband’s body after her husband’s autopsy […]

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