HF and Others v France: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction without Duty to Repatriate IS-Children and their Mothers

Author: Annick Pijnenburg
Published: 14.10.2022
On 14 September 2022 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) issued its judgment in HF and others v France, a case concerning the repatriation of IS-children and their mothers from Syrian camps. This judgment is interesting for various reasons: it addresses an issue that is controversial in many countries; it is the latest episode in the saga of the ECtHR and extraterritorial jurisdiction; and it is the first time that the Court clarifies the meaning of Article 3(2) of Protocol 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (right to enter one’s…