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Detention of Children

On 19 January 2011 the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in Popov v France. The judgment built on five similar cases in the past six years before the Court concerning the immigration detention of children. This article considers the legal and practical implications of the judgment in light of the UK Government's commitment -articulated in May 2010 but not quite yet realised- to end the detention of children for immigration purposes. Part 1 sets out the Strasbourg case law, culminating in Popov; Part 2 discusses the current situation of immigration detention of children in the UK; Part 3 considers how legal practitioners might use the Strasbourg case law to push the Government closer to its stated goal.  


Adam Weiss and Esther Lieu

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Other Publications by the AIRE Centre Team


24 October 2012