On 19 July, the ICJ, jointly with ILGA Europe, FIDH, KPH and NELFA submitted a third-party intervention in the case of X. v. Poland before the European Court of Human Rights.
The case concerns the refusal of the Polish authorities to grant a lesbian mother custody of her children.
It raises issues concerning whether such a refusal is the result of discrimination on the grounds of her sexual orientation, and therefore, as such, would constitute prohibited discrimination in the enjoyment of Convention rights, contrary to Article 14 of the Convention, read in conjunction with Article 8.
In the brief, the ICJ, together with its partners, set forth the current status of play of the case-law related but not limited to child custody decisions where one or both of the parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) individuals.
The third-party interveners have urged the Court to build upon its recent jurisprudence asserting and protecting the rights of LGBTI persons by drawing on its approach to consider the European Convention on Human Rights as a living instrument that needs to be interpreted in the light of present-day conditions.
Europe-X v Poland_TPI-Advocacy-Legal submissions-2019-ENG (full intervention, in PDF)AdvocacyLegal submissions