Category Archives: Children

Court of Appeal on Children’s Duty

EV (Philippines) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) [2014] EWCA Civ 874 (26 June 2014) The Court of Appeal (Jackson, Lewison & Christopher Clarke LJJ) went for overkill in this case about the best interests … Continue reading

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Vive la France!

B & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2281 (Admin) Islam is in the news a lot. Muslims consider their faith to be a religion of tolerance but some of … Continue reading

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Tribunal Unimpressed With New Rules Again: Part 2

Izuazu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2013] UKUT 45 (IAC) (30 January 2013) The UT explained that the SSHD “overstates the significance of the rule change” and the effects of this change on Article 8 decision making where judges … Continue reading

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Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From Union Citizen Children?: Part 2

O & S v Maahanmuuttovirasto v L [2012] EUECJ C-356/11 (06 December 2012) This post analyses the rationale espoused by the CJEU in relation to its ruling which is highlighted in Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From … Continue reading

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Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From Union Citizen Children?: Part 1

O & S v Maahanmuuttovirasto v L [2012] EUECJ C-356/11 (06 December 2012) This pair of cases was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Korkein hallinto-oikeus – the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court. Although as … Continue reading

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Child Asylum Seeker’s Detention Held Unlawful

AAM (A Child) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2567 (QB) (27 September 2012) This case has a lot of faces because the legal issues it raises are quite complex. There is a lot in the … Continue reading

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Article 8 and Polygamy

SG (child of polygamous marriage) Nepal [2012] UKUT 265 (IAC) (9 July 2012) The Upper Tribunal (“UT”, Justice Blake and Judge Dawson) has recently made it clear that in cases involving polygamy a child will not be able to join … Continue reading

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Removing adult children as family members

Ahmad & Ors (removal of children over 18) Pakistan [2012] UKUT 267 (IAC) (30 July 2012)  At times the drafting of the Immigration Acts leaves a lot to be desired: rapid legislative change enhances entropy in an already difficult environment. … Continue reading

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The vanishing prerogative

Munir & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 32 (18 July 2012)  In these two appeals, the critical question before the Supreme Court was whether the SSHD’s statements in relation … Continue reading

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Children and Conflicts between Courts

In the Matter of S (a Child) [2012] UKSC 10 (14 March 2012)  This case is about a relationship which became sour. A two-year old child, “W”, was involved and the UK Supreme Court unanimously declined to return the child to Australia … Continue reading

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Extradition and family life hearing in Supreme Court

UPDATE: The UKSC handed down judgment in these cases today (20 June 2012). The press summary is available here and the judgment is available here. BAILII judgment available here. The Court unanimously allowed the appeal in the case of FK. … Continue reading

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Using children to stop deportation: Part 2

Sanade and others (British children – Zambrano – Dereci) [2011] UKUT 48 (IAC) (07 February 2012) Sanade (S), Harrison (H), Walker (W) Legal Discussion Tellingly, in considering the appellants’ Article 8 claims, the UT (at [51]) – remembering Lord Wilson’s … Continue reading

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Using children to stop deportation: Part 1

Sanade and others (British children – Zambrano – Dereci) [2011] UKUT 48 (IAC) (07 February 2012) This Upper Tribunal (UT, President Blake and Judge Jordon) case was about three fathers, the appellants, who relied on their family, especially British children, … Continue reading

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Children “at the heart” of family reunions

The government has announced its plans for a more “humane approach” to family reunions where the best interests of children will remain paramount. The immigration minister’s statement in relation to ending the detention of children from last December can be … Continue reading

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Case Comment: ZH (Tanzania) v SSHD [2011] UKSC 4

While one Brenda (in Yarl’s Wood) awaits deportation from the UK to a certain death in Uganda, another Brenda in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (Baroness Hale of Richmond of course) has made some particularly telling observations regarding the … Continue reading

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The UKBA and the detention of children

Detention is one of the most analysed topics in legal discourse. Detaining minors is an extraordinary step and in this country there is a very proud tradition which sets aside juvenile offenders’ trial processes in comparison to the manner and … Continue reading

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