Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New article on 'homosexual propaganda' laws in the Russian Federation

Maria Issaeva and Maria Kiskachi, both of Threefold Legal Advisors LLC (based in Moscow), have published the piece 'Immoral Truth vs. Untruthful Morals? Attempts to Render Rights and Freedoms Conditional Upon Sexual Orientation in Light of Russia's International Obligations'.

The authors state:

...this article must inevitably conclude that a strong case can be made that Russia’s prohibition on the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships’ is incompatible with international law and that amendments concerning adoptive parents are potentially discriminatory in character....

...the legislative approach currently under adoption in Russia is [...] clearly aimed at the degradation of existing international standards in this respect – pluralism, broadmindedness and tolerance being among them.

The article can be downloaded here:



Friday, 14 March 2014

'Homosexuality and the European Court of Human Rights' published in paperback

I'm pleased to say that my book, Homosexuality and the European Court of Human Rights, has now been issued by Routledge in a revised and updated paperback edition.

The paperback differs from the previous hardback in two key ways:

First, it includes a new preface which gives an overview of the Court's jurisprudence relating to sexual orientation between early 2012 (when the book originally went to press) and January 2014.

Second, the chronological table of cases at the end of the book has been updated to January 2014 and, furthermore, I have revised its approach.

Details available here:


Thursday, 13 March 2014

New 'sexual orientation' fact sheet published by the Court

The European Court of Human Rights has updated its sexual orientation fact sheet

Notable pending cases listed in the fact sheet are:

Article 3 focused complaints 

Aghdgomelashvili and Japaridize v Georgia (ill treatment by police)

Identoba and Others v Georgia (failure of authorities to protect individuals from ill-treatment)

M.E. v Sweden (deportation of married homosexual man to Libya)

Article 12 focused complaints 

Oliari and Others v Italy (same-sex couples unable to marry or access any other partnership recognition)

Orlandi and Others v Italy (same-sex couples unable to marry)

Article 14 focused complaints 

Bonnaud and Lecoq v France (refusal to grant parental authority to same-sex partner)

Hallier and Lucas v France (refusal to give same-sex partner of parent paternity leave)

Taddeucci and McCall v Italy (refusal of family permit to same-sex partner resulting in lack of right to residence)

Article 10 focused complaint

Bayev and Others v Russia (impact of 'homosexual propaganda' laws)

Article 11 focused complaint

Zhdanov and Rainbow House v Russia (refusal to register an organisation)