Category Archives: Women

Human trafficking: Tribunal is not bound by NRM decision

MS (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 9 (18 March 2020)  These proceedings in the Supreme Court have resulted in the outcome that when determining an appeal in which it was argued that that removal … Continue reading

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High Court orders asylum-seeker’s return to pursue appeal 

PN (Uganda) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1616 (Admin) (24 June 2019) In these judicial review proceedings, brought by “PN”, Lewis J held that the dismissal of a Ugandan woman’s appeal against the refusal … Continue reading

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Pakistan and the Child Abduction Convention

Pakistan is notorious for child abduction. The UK has a large and vibrant British-Pakistani community of more than a million people making it the largest Pakistani population in Europe. On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to … Continue reading

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High Court on British Citizenship and Fact Finding

R (Din) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1046 (Admin) (04 May 2018) These judicial review proceedings arose out of a trio of refusals – dated 14 July 2016, 16 December 2016 and 22 September 2017 … Continue reading

Posted in Article 6, Cases, Citizenship and Nationality, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Entry Clearance, False Statements and Misrepresentations, High Court, Human Rights Act, India, Judicial Review, Nationality, Pakistan, Visitors, Women | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Article 8 and ADRs: The End of the Line?

Ribeli v Entry Clearance Officer, Pretoria [2018] EWCA Civ 611 (27 March 2018) Singh LJ has recently taken yet another scalp. On this occasion his Lordship’s sword fell on the head of a helpless and elderly woman, a South African national … Continue reading

Posted in ADR, Appendix FM, Appendix V, Article 8, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Entry Clearance, Immigration Rules, Judicial Review, Proportionality, Public Interest, Tribunals, UKSC, Visitors, Women | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Seven Year Rule: ‘Powerful Reasons’ Approach Confirmed

MT & ET (Child’s Best Interests: Ex Tempore Pilot) Nigeria [2018] UKUT 88(IAC) (1 February 2018) The president Peter Lane J has reconfirmed Elias LJ’s doctrine in MA (Pakistan) & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 705 (see here) that “powerful reasons” are … Continue reading

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Hague Convention: Supreme Court Confirms the Concept of ‘Repudiatory Retention’ in Child Abduction Cases

Re C (Children)(Abduction: Rights of Custody)[2018] UKSC 8 (14 February 2018) Turning on the controversial subject of child abduction, this case divided the Supreme Court on the outcome on the facts. But otherwise, the Justices concurred on key points of principle … Continue reading

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Gender Discrimination and Historic Injustice: Law Corrected on British Citizenship through Matrilineal Descent

The Advocate General for Scotland v Romein (Scotland) [2018] UKSC 6 (8 February 2018) Women have overwhelmingly borne the brunt of injustice throughout history and discrimination against females has been axiomatic in the sphere of citizenship. The British Nationality Act … Continue reading

Posted in Article 14, Article 8, Citizenship and Nationality, ECHR, Historic Injustice, Human Rights Act, Immigration Act 2014, Judicial Review, Nationality, South Africa, UKSC, Women | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Brexit: The Miller Judgment

R (Miller & Anor) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 Miller is considered to be the most important constitutional case for a generation. The lead claimant Gina Miller means different things to different people. … Continue reading

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Reflections on Zambrano: The Judgment in Chavez-Vilchez

Chavez-Vilchez and Others C-133/15 ECLI:EU:C:2017:354 (10 May 2017) Minor EU children have a unique status in the CJEU’s jurisprudence and as these Dutch cases show, EU citizen children dependent on their non-EU parents are capable of repaying their debts to … Continue reading

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Extremely Deplorable CJEU Ruling on Domestic Violence

SSHD v NA (Pakistan) [2016] EUECJ C-115/15, EU:C:2016:487 (30 June 2016) As pointed out by Guild, Peers and Tomkin in The EU Citizenship Directive: A Commentary (2014), Directive 2004/38/EC “has proven to be a fertile ground for litigation, generating increasing, … Continue reading

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Lone Women and Ostracism in Pakistan

SM (Lone Women – Ostracism) Pakistan [2016] UKUT 67 (IAC) (2 February 2016) Like his clever creator, Kipling’s fictional character of the orphaned/vagabond Irish immigrant child Kimball O’Hara – the devoted chela (disciple) of a lama – lived in late … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s New Crusade

Life should be a fairy tale if you are Theresa May but things are not going according to plan in her Alice in Wonderland world. Although economic and social realities negate everything she claimed in her recent speech at her … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice, Appeals, Article 8, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Immigration Bill 2015, Immigration Rules, Judges, Judicial Review, UKSC, Women | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Asylum, Blogging and Iran

“The image conjured up by the name Persia is one of romance – roses and nightingales in elegant gardens, fast horses, flirtatious women, sharp sabres, jewel-coloured carpets, melodious music,” explains Michael Axworthy in Empire of the Mind. “But in the … Continue reading

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Construing the Rules: High Court to the Rescue

Amin, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2813 (Admin) One of the worst things that can happen to any immigration subject is for their application to be declared “invalid”. The consequences … Continue reading

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Massive Somalia Guidance

Once the arena for the expansionist designs of European powers – such as Britain and Italy – in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is arguably the foremost complex humanitarian emergency in the world: pretty much Hell on Earth. These days, … Continue reading

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Conservatives’ stillborn feminism

On 8 March 2011 Mrs Theresa May bigged up her party by putatively expressing solidarity with women’s causes on the occasion of the 100th International Women’s Day. With most people distracted by the ongoing debate about a “British Bill of … Continue reading

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