B and L v UK (2006) 42 EHRR 11

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CASE OF B. AND L. v. THE UNITED KINGDOM

(Application no. 36536/02)

JUDGMENT

STRASBOURG

13 September 2005

This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision.

In the case of B. and L. v. the United Kingdom,

The European Court of Human Rights (Fourth Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of:

Mr J. CASADEVALL, President,

Sir Nicolas BRATZA,

Mr G. BONELLO,

Mr R. MARUSTE,

Mr S. PAVLOVSCHI,

Mr L. GARLICKI,

Mr J. BORREGO BORREGO, judges,

and Mr M. O’BOYLE, Section Registrar,

Having deliberated in private on 29 June 2004 and on 25 August 2005,

Delivers the following judgment, which was adopted on the last-mentioned date:

 

PROCEDURE

  1. The case originated in an application (no. 36536/02) against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland lodged with the Court under Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“the Convention”) by British nationals, B. and L. (“the applicants”), on 30 September 2002.
  2. The applicants, who had been granted legal aid, were represented by Ms Sawyer, a lawyer working for Liberty, London. The United Kingdom Government (“the Government”) were represented by their Agent, Ms Emily Willmott of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.
  3. The applicants, who are father-in-law and daughter-in-law, complain that they are prohibited from marrying each other, invoking Articles 12 and 14 of the Convention.

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