ECHR Stop and Search Case
January 13, 2010 at 11:13 AM
On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg announced its decision in the Case of Gillan and Quinton v. the United Kingdom (4158/05). The applicants – one a journalist on her way to film a 2003 demonstration outside an arms fair in East London, the other on his way to join the demonstrators – challenged the actions of UK police, who stopped and searched them without reasonable cause. Each was told s/he was being searched under the UK Terrorism Act of 2000. Both claimed that the search violated their rights under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The House of Lords had unanimously dismissed the applicants’ plea ( UKHL 12). The European Court of Human Rights, however, found a violation of Article 8 of the Convention.