Category Archives: Council of Europe

Case Note: Tarakhel v Switzerland

TARAKHEL v. SWITZERLAND – 29217/12 – Grand Chamber Judgment [2014] ECHR 1185 (04 November 2014) Abjectly neglected but strategically vital, war-torn Afghanistan’s festering wounds are unlikely to heal anytime soon. When my friend John and I recently met the Afghan … Continue reading

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Defence of Illegality Inapplicable to Trafficked Nigerian Woman’s Discrimination Claim Says Supreme Court

Hounga v Allen & Anor [2014] UKSC 47 (30 July 2014) “A small claim generates an important point”, said the Supreme Court in this intriguing case regarding the circumstances in which the defence of illegality should defeat a complaint by … Continue reading

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Asylum seeking is a world-wide phenomenon

EM (Eritrea), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 12 (19 February 2014)  This case is about so many things; the despotic state of Eritrea, which ranks last in the world for … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking, Dublin II and Certification

In AA (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 23 the Court of Appeal (Longmore and Maurice Kay LJJ, Sir David Keene) unanimously affirmed Mrs Justice Thirlwall’s decision in the High Court. From AA’s perspective, the … Continue reading

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European Hegemony: Kapitel Eins

“Flüchtlinge? Das sind keine Flüchtlinge, sondern illegale Migranten.” (Refugees? They are not refugees but illegal immigrants.) Some years ago Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director of Frontex described refugees in the above manner to Der Standard; he simultaneously used the opportunity to … Continue reading

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