Boulois v Luxembourg: ECHR 3 Apr 2012

(Grand Chamber) The claimant complained that as a prisoner he had been deprived of his right to a fair hearing and his right of access to a court in connection with the decisions refusing his requests for prison leave.
Held: The complaint was admissible, and a breach of the prisoner’s article 6 rights had been established. Although there was a right of appeal, the grant of any such visits remained discretionary, and ‘it cannot be consistent with the principle of the rule of law unless it is subject to review. Where there is no such review, the power becomes arbitrary.’
For article 6.1 in its civil limb to be applicable, there must be a dispute over a ‘right’ which can be said, at least on arguable grounds, to be recognised under domestic law: ‘The court may not create by way of interpretation of article 6(1) a substantive right which has no legal basis in the state concerned. The starting-point must be the provisions of the relevant domestic law and their interpretation by the domestic courts. This court would need strong reasons to differ from the conclusions reached by the superior national courts by finding, contrary to their view, that there was arguably a right recognised by domestic law.’

Nicolas Bratza, P
37575/04, [2012] ECHR 587, (2012) 55 EHRR 32
European Convention on Human Rights
Human Rights
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Updated: 11 November 2021; Ref: scu.452585