Regina (Charlton Thomson and Others) v Secretary of State for the Department of Skills and Education: Admn 4 Jul 2005

The claimants complained of the respondent’s decision to suspend temporarily but without notice all further inter-country adoptions from Cambodia.
Held: There were proper concerns about a major humanitarian crisis for orphaned children and for child trafficking. This country had not been alone in suspending adoptions. The respondent did have power to withhold certificates of suitability. The decision was in conformity with the legislation, and was a proportionate and rational response in Human Rights terms. The discretion had been properly exercised.


Munby J


[2005] EWHC 1378 (Admin), Times 12-Aug-2005




England and Wales


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CitedPini and others v Romania ECHR 2004
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